2015 Rugby World Cup Preview: England vs Australia


In what is arguably the most highly-anticipated pool game at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, host nation England aim to keep their tournament alive against the Wallabies at Twickenham early Sunday morning Australian time.

England will be looking to return to winning form after suffering a shock loss to Wales last weekend, while Australia aim to continue their unbeaten run at the 2015 World Cup and take a big step towards qualification to the knockout stage of the tournament.

Not only are bragging rights on offer when the two old foes meet for the first time this year, but Sunday morning’s England vs Australia match at the Rugby World Cup has become an absolutely crucial tie in who will progress from the Pool of Death.

Wales took a firm stranglehold on the lead of the group after defeating Fiji overnight, and will be assured progression should the Wallabies defeat Stuart Lancaster’s men this weekend. Should Australia lose, however, they are still capable of progressing alongside England if they can defeat Wales in their next match as both teams were unable to post a bonus point win over the Fiji.

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Coach Michael Cheika has named the same staring XV as that which took to the field against the ever-consistent Pacific Island nation in their campaign opener in Week 1 of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

One of the world’s best in Israel Folau returns to the 15 jersey, while Will Genia and Bernard Foley have been selected in the halves.

Captain Stephen Moore will lead the classy outfit from hooker, while the devastating pairing of Michael Hooper and David Pocock have both regained their run on positions.

Australian team to face England at Rugby World Cup 2015

  1. Scott Sio
  2. Stephen Moore (C)
  3. Sekope Kepu
  4. Kane Douglas
  5. Rob Simmons
  6. Scott Fardy
  7. Michael Hooper
  8. David Pocock
  9. Will Genia
  10. Bernard Foley
  11. Rob Horne
  12. Matt Giteau
  13. Tevita Kuridrani
  14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
  15. Israel Folau

Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Toby Smith, Sam Carter, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale, Drew Mitchell

Lancaster has stuck with a number of key players in his England squad to face the Wallabies, but has made three changes to the starting line-up that went down to Wales last weekend.

Jonathan Joseph reclaims his position in a somewhat surprising return from injury, while Ben Morgan completes the completely new-look centre pairing.

England team to face Australia at Rugby World Cup 2015

  1. Ben Morgan
  2. Chris Robshaw
  3. Tom Wood
  4. Geoff Parling
  5. Joe Launchbury
  6. Dan Cole
  7. Tom Youngs
  8. Joe Marler
  9. Ben Youngs
  10. Owen Farrell
  11. Jonny May
  12. Brad Barritt
  13. Jonathan Joseph
  14. Anthony Watson
  15. Mike Brown

Reserves: Rob Webber, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, George Kruis, Nick Easter, Richard Wigglesworth, George Ford, Sam Burgess

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