Rugby Rugby World Cup 2019: Matt Toomua pokes fun at former Leicester teammates ahead of England vs Australia

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Matt Toomua has admitted his surprise that England have dropped fly-half George Ford for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash against Australia.

Toomua’s former Leicester team-mate has been relegated to the bench, with England captain Owen Farrell taking over at number 10 alongside centres Henry Slade and Manu Tuilagi.

Asked if he was surprised by Ford’s omission, Wallabies reserve Toomua said: “A little bit, yeah.

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“Both teams have decided to have the Leicester 10s come on in the second-half, but yeah, a little bit (surprised).

“He has been brilliant the last couple of years. But teams nowadays really are using that 23 (match-day squad) mentality, particularly at the World Cup.

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“We just spoke about it before in terms of the finishers, and the role they play. You are probably talking 20 or 30 minutes now, which is a good chunk of the game, and the game is often in the balance at that time.

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