Rugby Rugby World Cup quarterfinals preview, latest team lists, predictions

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The story of the 2019 Rugby World Cup so far has been more about high tackles than classic upsets, despite Ireland’s Bundee Aki being the only player to miss the knockout stages through suspension.

The quarterfinals will make for excellent viewing, with England taking on Australia for a joint-record seventh time at a World Cup, before Ireland look to stun world No. 1 side New Zealand — a title that they proclaimed themselves when entering the tournament.

Meanwhile, Wales face France before hosts Japan will look to continue their unlikely run by repeating history to topple South Africa — who they beat at the previous edition of the tournament in 2015.

Read ahead for team lists and previews.

Saturday, 19 Oct. 2019

England vs. Australia, Oita Bank Dome, Oita (4:15pm local, 5:15 pm AEST, 8.15am BST)



Head-to-head record:England 24 wins, Australia 25 wins, one draw.

Verdict:England coach Eddie Jones said before the World Cup that he wanted his team to crescendo in their performances as they go deeper into the tournament. Everything has gone to plan so far for England, who have put together three bonus-point victories, but now comes the time to up the anti as they head into the quarterfinals.

They will be well-rested after their match against France was cancelled due to Typhoon Higibis, and face an as yet underwhelming Austral

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