Published: Thu, October 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jordan Petaia to start

Jordan Petaia to start

Ford has been named on the bench with Jones instead opting to reinstate Owen Farrell to lead the side out for the clash at Oita Stadium. The return of Mako Vunipola in the front row is also a big boost as the prop makes his first tournament start having played just a few minutes since suffering a hamstring injury in May.

The Wallabies will hope Jordan Petaia's choice of karaoke song isn't an omen after the rookie teenager was thrust into a daunting role in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Billy Vunipola has overcome an ankle injury and will start at No 8. Australia are a clever team, they will have some specific attacking strategies to play against us so we need to have a great situational awareness. The coach has consistently said he would be happy to shuffle that combination depending on the opposition and, having returned to Farrell at 12 in Japan, has shifted him back to 10 to deliver a tough-tackling backline barrier.

"That game in 2015 was one where they came up with a play we had never seen before - Bernard Foley comes around and plays it back inside to Kurtley Beale", Youngs said.

With all these selection issues up for debate, it is over to you to select your starting England XV to take on Australia.

The winners will play New Zealand or Ireland in the semi-finals.

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England topped pool C with wins over Tonga, the United States and Argentina, but it's last scheduled game against three-time finalist France was cancelled last weekend because of Typhoon Hagibis.

Allan Ala'alatoa, Michael Hooper, Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano also return to the starting line-up after Australia beat Georgia 27-8 in their final pool game.

Jonny May will make his 50th appearance for England on the left wing with Anthony Watson on the right, while Elliot Daly was selected at fullback. We know Australia are a high-possession team, they are a high-phase team and that's how they want to play so there's going to be a lot of defending in that area and we think we are well equipped to handle it'.

England coach Eddie Jones has named his team to face the Wallabies.

"We just feel that's the best combination for this week; [Kerevi] is a unsafe ball-carrier and whoever they pick at 13, if they pick the other big Fijian boy [Petaia], they've got two big ball-carriers", Jones said.

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