Rugby World Cup 2019 : Despite the disruption caused by Typhoon Hagibis, England and Australia are both safely through to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
England vs Australia kicks off at 8.15am BST (4.15pm local time) on Saturday 19th October at Oita Stadium in Oita, Japan.
England comfortably saw off Tonga, Argentina and the United States in Pool C, but were denied a chance to test themselves against France as the super typhoon brought about the cancellation of a select few group games.
Nevertheless, the 2003 winners qualified top of their pool and their reward is a clash against Australia, whom Sir Clive Woodward’s men dramatically defeated in that final 16-years-ago (on the Wallabies’ own turf, no less).
Australia – themselves two-time champions – reached the last eight by qualifying second from Pool D despite suffering a narrow defeat to eventual group winners Wales, earning wins over Fiji, Georgia and Uruguay in their other first-round fixtures
England XV: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (C), Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph.
Australia XV: Kurtley Beale; Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (C), Isi Naisarani.
Replacements: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Nic White, Matt Toomua, James O’Connor.
Under Eddie Jones, however, they have won all six of their meetings against the Wallabies, and will be favourites to make it seven out of seven in Oita.
Team news and line-ups
Eddie Jones has sprung a big selection shock by switching Owen Farrell from inside centre to fly-half and dropping George Ford to the bench, with Manu Tuilagi stepping inside to 12 and Henry Slade coming into midfield.
It was England’s preferred 10-12-13 trio during the Six Nations and is no doubt designed at least in part to counteract the threat of imposing Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi.
No8 Billy Vunipola is fit to start after overcoming an ankle knock suffered against Argentina, while brother Mako replaces Joe Marler at loosehead.
Courtney Lawes is preferred to George Kruis in the second row.