England to play Australia after Wales set up France clash with victory over Uruguay – The Sun

ENGLAND will face Australia in the World Cup quarter-finals as Eddie Jones takes on his homeland.

The blockbuster clash was set up when Wales beat Uruguay to confirm top spot in Pool D.

And that means the Red Rose will kick-off in the first quarter-final on Saturday October 19 in Oita.

Wales are at the same venue against France, who finished behind England in Pool C, the following day as Warren Gatland aims to bow out on a high.

Scotland take on Japan in the final pool-stage fixture which will complete the draw after their threatened game managed to get the go-ahead.

England will have a two-week break heading into the fixture after their clash with France was called off due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Jones claims that will allow his side to be Fresh but it means his side go against the battle-hardened Aussies without being properly tested.

Wales, meanwhile, were pushed all the way against Australia and Fiji which should give them a competitive edge.

Quarter-final draw

Saturday, October 19

Quarter-final 1, 8.15am: England vs Australia (Oita)

Quarter-final 2, 11.15am: New Zealand vs Pool A runner-up (Tokyo)

Sunday, October 20

Quarter-final 3, 8.15am: Wales vs France (Oita)

Quarter-final 4, 11.15am: Pool A winner vs South Africa (Tokyo)

Saturday, October 26

Semi-final 1, 9am: QF1 winner vs QF2 winner (Yokohama)

Sunday, October 27

Semi-final 2, 9am: QF3 winner vs QF4 winner (Yokohama)

Gatland – aiming to bow out with a World Cup triumph – saw his changed side struggle with handling errors against Uruguay as he looked to rest key pieces.

But there were no new injury concerns in a huge boost for the Dragons.

After today's win, Gatland said: “Happy with four from four, not too happy with some of tonight.

“We weren't happy with some things, we weren't clinical, too many turnovers and we blew four or five chances.

“We probably tried to play a bit too much rugby and it's tough. They make the tackles and they're a tidy little side.

“We didn't respect the ball enough, turnovers, we earned the right to play second half and we were a little bit better.

“Hopefully everyone will be fit and available next week. A couple of guys are pretty sore after the Fiji game but they should be back training the next couple of days.

“That's pleasing so France next week, old rivals, so something to look forward to.”

 

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