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England face old rivals Australia in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash in Kyushu.
Eddie Jones’ side were last in action a fortnight ago when they put Argentina to the sword with the typhoon in Tokyo forcing their clash with France to be cancelled.
Jones has made changes to his side for the last eight encounter with George Ford the big name casualty.
Owen Farrell has been selected in his place at fly-half with Henry Slade coming in to the side.
George Kruis has also been dropped to the bench with Courtney Lawes starting, while Billy and Mako Vunipola have been declared fit to start.
England: Daly; Watson, Slade, Tuilagi, May; Farrell, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Lawes; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Ludlam, Heinz, Ford, Joseph.
Australia: Beale; Hodge, Petaia, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lealiifano, Genia; Alaalatoa, Latu, Sio; Arnold, Rodda; Naisarani, Hooper, Pocock.Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Tupou, Coleman, Salakaia-Loto, White, Toomua, O’Connor.
Follow all the action from the World Cup quarter-final clash in Kyushu. Kick-off is at 8:15am (UK).
PENALTY! England 33-16 Australia
Of course he does.
And of course he scores.
Australia need double what they managed in 72 minutes in eight minutes.
England looking ahead to the semis.
HUGE drive from England.
High fives all round in the forwards.
They reach the 22 and win a penalty.
Farrell to go for the easy three?
England are taking the sting out of the contest with some clever game management.
They have a scrum and are using every second they can before getting it rolling.
They win a penalty with a big push.
The body language from the Aussies looks like they are spent.
Australia attempt to run it from deep.
They continually hit England defenders.
Although that man Koroibete makes some metres with another jinxing run.
They goes cross field with a kick but after mild panic to find the ball it bounces out.
PENALTY! England 30-16 Australia
Farrell maintains his 100 per cent record this morning.
It flies over.
That puts England two tries ahead and a foot in the semi-finals.
Yep – no try.
Dropped over the line as it looked it real time.
England have the penalty after an Aussie came in on the side.
Farrell will try to pocket the three points.
Youngs goes for the line.
But it is an audacious lunge and it looks like he dropped it over the line.
TMO will check it.
It doesn’t matter too much for England as they have the penalty banked.
Hold off that cuppa, we are back after just two attempts.
England kick for territory and get it straight back.
Youngs kicks and goes to put more pressure on the men in gold.
It will be a line-up for England deep in Australia territory.
Scrum time again.
So you know there’s time to put on the kettle, have a shower and visit your loved ones.
Ford on for Slade.
So back to the usual for England.
Ie Ford at fly half and Farrell in the centre.
Awesome defending from England and they get it turned over.
But the kick doesn’t find touch…here come Australia again!
No need to panic though as they win a penalty.
The tackle from Curry on Koroibete in the corner may well have won England this match – albeit with plenty of time to go.
Third time lucky!
Koroibete should score but an almighty tackle stops him.
Australia still knocking on the five metre line.
Heavy hit after heavy hit.
…the second attempt goes the same way.
This is pretty tedious.
That second attempt was because the scrum half didn’t put the ball in.
Naturally the first attempt of a scrum ends up in a heap.
They’ll try again…
After a messy line-up Australia make some serious gains.
They end up with a penalty in the shadow of the posts – they elect for a scrum.
Plenty of chances to score there you would have thought but some solid defending.
Sinckler try in pics
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