There could hardly be a more fitting game to kick off proceedings in the quarterfinals and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to suggest the rivalry between the two has defined the tournament's history. Those memories aren't limited to the final act either.
Think of England's scrum dismantling Australia in the quarterfinals in or the Wallabies knocking England out of its own World Cup in at the group stages four years ago. That result prompted England to radically change its course, appointing Eddie Jones—the man who led Australia to the final against England—with the firm objective of returning to the top of the world this year.
The Wallabies, meanwhile, went on to reach the final in , but haven't beaten the Old Enemy ever since. In Jones' first season as England coach he led his team to a series win in Australia and has defeated his home country in each of the last three campaigns. Off the field, the year-old has also held the upper hand, coming out on top of virtually every bout of verbal sparring with his Australian counterpart, Michael Cheika.
Jones added a hefty dose of fuel to the fire when he suggested that England would benefit from not having to play France in their final group game— the match was canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis —and would be fresher than Australia.
Cheika returned the verbal volley with interests. We'll see how we go.
England will play against Australia in their quarter-final match on October The winners topped Pool C with three wins in three games, before the game against France was canceled. Australia, meanwhile, were sloppy in wins against Fiji and Georgia and narrowly lost to Wales, who frustrated the Wallabies by dominating them at the breakdown.
That area of the game will be crucial on Saturday, when Cheika will hope Michael Hooper and David Pocock can inflict as much damage on England as they did four years ago.
The duo have a combined caps and their experience could prove crucial against Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, whose combined caps tally stands at The duo has impressed under Jones and they have again been picked to start, but the England coach has unexpectedly rolled the dice with his selection.
By far the biggest surprise is the omission of fly-half George Ford.
Farrell has struggled for form and has only started at fly-half once since the Six Nations ended in March. His move to No. Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for p.
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England, however, has won the last six games against the Wallabies, including three straight wins in Australia.