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Aimee Lewis

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  1. Over and out

    England 13-33 Australia

    What a night. A phenomenally good Australia crush England at Twickenham, knocking Stuart Lancaster's men out of the World Cup. It is the first time a host nation has failed to make the knockout stages, and the first time England have failed to progress to the quarter-finals of a World Cup.  

    England were "torn apart by a superb Australia display," says BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce. You can read his report by clicking here.  

    Will this tournament have the same joie de vivre without the hosts? Wales and Australia won't care because they are through to the last eight. 

    Thanks, as always, for joining us. There will be more live commentary tomorrow, starting with Argentina's tussle with Tonga. 

    Chris Robshaw
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    elli di fiore: Was I watching a different match??? Foley not man of the match??

    katie shanahan: Whatever people say, you've done yourselves proud @EnglandRugby

    Mr B: England - a total inability to handle pressure. Again a lack of control at the breakdown and shown up by a more streetwise team.

  3. 'Complete Australia performance'

    England 13-33 Australia

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    Kurtley Beale
    Quote Message: That was the complete performance. We really need to compliment Australia. It was clinical. They were high-tempo and effective in everything they did. Can they get to that level again? Have they played one of their play-off matches in the pool round? I've not seen Australia play like that for that for two years.
  4. What the papers say

    England 13-33 Australia

    Another look at tomorrow's back pages, and it's another picture of England captain Chris Robshaw on his knees. "Down and OUT," writes the Daily Express. 

    Daily Express
  5. Launchbury man of the match

    England 13-33 Australia

    Joe Launchbury

    So, the official man of the match was England lock Joe Launchbury, beating Bernard Foley, who scored 28 points, and David Pocock, who mastered the breakdown. Life can be funny sometimes. 

  6. What the papers say

    England 13-33 Australia

    They bowed out early in their own party, which perhaps explains why England's failure on home turf at this World Cup dominates the back pages. "Down and out," says the Independent. 

  7. Pool A as it stands

    England 13-33 Australia

    Australia fans celebrate

    With just one round of matches remaining, England are third and out while Australia and Wales occupy the top two qualifying spots. Australia currently kings of what was a deadly group.

    Rugby World Cup Pool A
  8. What the papers say

    England 13-33 Australia

    "Humiliated on home turf," says the Daily Telegraph. Chris Robshaw again used as the 'symbol' of defeat. 

    Daily Telegraph
  9. What the papers say

    England 13-33 Australia

    A dejected Chris Robshaw is on the front page of tomorrow's Sunday Times. "World Cup agony as England crash out at Twickenham," is the headline. 

    Sunday Times
  10. 'Lancaster should go'

    England 13-33 Australia

    Should Stuart Lancaster's reign end? Yes, says Matt Dawson on BBC Radio 5 live. "England were not disciplined. He could not coach a disciplined team to get out of that pool and that is why he should go."

    Owen Farrell is shown a yellow card
  11. Congratulations to Wales

    England 13-33 Australia

    Wales, depleted with injuries before and during the tournament, are through to the last eight after England's defeat. They will hope to beat Australia to top the Pool and avoid a quarter-final crunch with, possibly, South Africa. 

    Warren Gatland
  12. England 13-33 Australia

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think what sticks out for me is, when Stuart Lancaster was talking about the squad, he said 'they've come up short'. I find that bizzare."

    Stuart Lancaster chats to the media
  13. The captain tweets

    England 13-33 Australia

  14. 'Too raw to consider future'

    England 13-33 Australia

    More from Stuart Lancaster on BBC Radio 5 live...

    Have England moved forward in the last four years? "I do. Results wouldn't say that in terms of the World Cup, but overall we've won more games than we've lost and we've had some big scalps. 

    "We've had a young team who've come through and I think it's important people stick with the young players.

    "I think they're a fantastic group of players, they're great ambassadors for the country and fantastic role models. They've come up short today, but I don't think they'll come up short in the future."

    Will you now be considering your own position?: "Well, yeah. But I wouldn't think it would just be me. But it's not for now. It's too raw at the moment."

  15. 'It was always going to be tough'

    England 13-33 Australia

    Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on BBC Radio 5 live: "We didn't perform well enough in the important games in our pool. It was always going to be a tough pool.

    "The last three years we've put in some pretty good performances, but on the day Australia were better. And that's what World Cups are all about; on the day.

    "I thought we played some pretty good rugby across the game, certainly in patches, but I thought David Pocock was outstanding in the breakdown and he's a special player."

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    Former England international Andy Goode believes dropping George Ford proved costly. 

  17. In adversity there's humour

    England 13-33 Australia

    Gallows humour, as they say. 

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    Bernard Foley's 28-point haul made him one of the star men for the Wallabies, but it's Michael Hooper and David Pocock who stood out among Australia's talented troops. 

  19. 'Aussie forwards can play'

    England 13-33 Australia

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Sekope Kepu

    "When you look at the way the Australian pack play, they're all distributors. Prop Sekope Kepu can pass as well as scrum-half Will Genia. And so can the locks and the second-rowers.

    "But did we see any of that from England? Not at all."

  20. We let the country down - Robshaw

    England 13-33 Australia

    Chris Robshaw

    Here's what England skipper Chris Robshaw had to say in full: "As you imagine the changing room is a very quiet place. We feel we let the country down today. As players we didn't quite get there. We apologise to them. Australia played very well - but we're gutted.

    "Credit to Australia, we knew across the board that they would put us under pressure and they were good today.

    "The yellow card for Owen Farrell was tough, we started to build a little momentum but left ourselves a little too much to do. We felt we built up some pressure but credit to their defence."

  21. 606 phone-in

    England 13-33 Australia

    The fall out to England's mauling against the Wallabies has begun. You can listen to former All Black scrum-half Justin Marshall and ex-England number nine Matt Dawson onBBC Radio 5 live.You can even ring them to voice your views.

  22. Sorry we let everyone down - Lancaster

    England 13-33 Australia

    Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster:"We're gutted. And gutted for all the fans and everyone at home. Everyone put so much effort in but we're sorry we let everyone down.

    "The first half we went in 17-3  behind and I felt that was a tough scoreline. We got back into the game but in the last five to 10 minutes, after the yellow card, Australia dominated and deserved to win.

    "We came up short last week against Wales and this week - that's the bottom line. But there are some good players in this squad and I hope the nation stays behind them.

    "Will I be staying behind them as their coach? It's not for me to say. I've just got to get them ready for next week."

  23. England knocked out of World Cup

    England 13-33 Australia

    Records have tumbled this evening. Australia’s 20-point win was their biggest against England at Twickenham.

    And Bernard Foley’s 28 points were the most he has recorded in a single Test match, beating his previous best of 18 (against Wales in November 2014).

    Bernard Foley
  24. England knocked out of World Cup

    England 13-33 Australia

    Michael Hooper and Chris Robshaw
  25. England 13-33 Australia

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is definitely the pool of death, but the rest of the pools have delivered as well - so the tournament is on fire, the attendances are sensational, the atmospheres have been brilliant and there are a host of teams doing incredibly well.

    "The one team that hasn't is now out. And that's a major concern, not just for this nation, but for the game globally. Why have England fallen away so much?"

    The England team at full-time
  26. England knocked out of World Cup

    England 13-33 Australia

    Chris Robshaw

    Chris Robshaw says he is "devastated" and apologises to the country. The England captain admits that the better team won. 

    No other World Cup host has failed to reach the knockout stages of their own tournament. 

  27. England knocked out of World Cup


    Lewis Moody was England captain at the 2011 World Cup.

  28. England knocked out of World Cup

    England 13-33 Australia

    From the moment Australia went ahead they never seemed like relinquishing their lead. A dominant performance by the men from Down Under. 

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    Gracious in defeat.

    Australia players celebrate at the end of the match
  30. England knocked out of World Cup

    England 13-33 Australia

    David Pocock

    Australia captain David Pocock, as you would expect, won the most turnovers (3). Tellingly, England conceded five penalties at the scrum. 

    England had beaten Australia in their last three World Cup meetings but were soundly beaten on home turf this evening. 

  31. Full-time

    England 13-33 Australia

    Australia's back-row won the breakdown arm wrestle, while the green and gold forwards dominated the last 15 minutes, denying England the chance of a comeback. 

    England v Australia
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    The recriminations begun as soon as Romain Poite blew the final whistle. 

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    Australia's most capped player applauds his country.

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    Host nation defat

    England form a guard of honour for Australia as the Wallabies depart the field. Chris Robshaw's men defeated and humiliated.

  36. Full-time

    England 13-33 Australia

    Bernard Foley's right boot found its destination with more success than a top of the range sat nav system. Seven out of seven kicks for the Aussie fly-half. Oh, and just the two tries. No Australian has scored more against the old enemy. 

    England v Australia
  37. And so it begins...


    It's Australia and Wales who survive the Group of Death, but which one will top the group? That will be decided when the two teams meet on 10 October. 

  38. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    Stuart Lancaster

    "I don't think you can keep the same management after that. You can't go out in the group stages of your own World Cup. Something needs to change."

  39. Full-time

    England 13-33 Australia

    As Bernard Foley's conversion sails between the uprights Romain Poite toots his whistle to bring this match to its conclusion. England will progress no further at this World Cup. The party's over. 

    Mike Brown, Owen Farrell and Anthony Watson
    England fans
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    Matt Burke

    Former Australia full-back

    "The Australian scrum has been dominant in this game and the Wallabies haven't had that for some time."

  41. Converted try - Giteau; Foley con

    England 13-33 Australia

    Matt Giteau

    A masterclass from Australia's back-row at the breakdown - nine turnovers and it's a turnover from which Australia attack. Quick ball. The backline are set in motion. Matt Giteau thunering down the wing and diving over with a big smile on his face. 

    Bernard Foley, he has yet to miss a kick, converts from the touchline. Sumblime. 

    Chris Robshaw
  42. England 13-26 Australia

    Australia's forward are in control, dominating at the scrum and the wallabies pack can't contain their delight at pushing back the men in white at the scrum, they're more than happy to inflict more pain onto their wounded prey. Three minutes to go and there's no way back for England. 

  43. Penalty - Foley

    England 13-26 Australia

    Stuart Lancaster with hound-dog eyes as he perches on the edge of his seat in the coach's box. England's foundations have been shaken, another penalty for the Aussies as England err in the scrum and the hosts are rocking. It's nearly time to switch off the lights. 

    Bernard Foley peerless with the boot - another penalty, 26 points for the Aussie outside-half. 

    Australia celebrate
  44. Post update

    England 13-20 Australia

    With time ticking away, here are the permutations....

    If England lose: They are out.

    If it is a draw: Their hopes are still alive. For now. But their fate would depend on the result of the Wales-Australia match on 10 October and how many bonus points the three sides earn in their remaining matches.

    If England nick a win: England would almost certainly go through, putting Wales in danger as a loss to the Wallabies would likely spell the end of their World Cup campaign.

  45. Penalty - Foley

    England 13-23 Australia

    The crowd hiss, but Bernard Foley rattles off another penalty, and England must now climb Everest. In 10 minutes. With 14 men. 

    Bernard Foley
  46. Post update

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "That should have been two yellow cards, Farrell should have been off and Burgess should have been off as well."

  47. Sin-bin - Farrell

    England 13-20 Australia

    Owen Farrell is shown a yellow card

    The TMO adjudges there should be a penalty and a yellow card. "He tackled the man without the ball and that's a yellow card against 10 white," says the TMO.

    England losing their heads as the battle reaches a crescendo once again and this is not an occasion for the soft-brained. 

  48. England 13-20 Austrlia

    Oh. Anthony Watson boots straight to touch and the men in white must retreat. Australia with line-out in England's half... but the Wallabies have lost their composure. 

    But so too have England. Owen Farrell goes high on Matt Giteau and in the same play Sam Burgess wraps his muscly arms around Michael Hooper's neck. Both high. Both could be off. 

    Matt Giteau receives treatment
  49. England 13-20 Australia

    Mike Catt bellowing orders at George Kruis as he waits on the sidelines before replacing Joe Launchbury. George Ford has lit England's switch, their cylinders now firing, and Twickenham filling with hope once again. 

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    England 13-20 Australia

    England are fighting back and enjoying the better of territory, but Australia are still shading things in terms of possession... and the scoreboard of course

    England v Australia
  51. England 13-20 Australia


    Although England are clawing their way back into the match, Australia continue to dominate the turnovers column, with their back-row trio of Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper and David Pocock turning the ball over four times between them.

  52. England 13-20 Australia

    It's chaos on the pitch. The ball bobbling, players fumbling... George Ford with a beefy boot to the moon and back but Tevita Kuridrani calmly gathers. We're set for a humdinger of a finish. This is sport at its irresistible best. 

    England play the ball
  53. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "Is this game all set up for a Sam Burgess moment?!"

  54. England 13-20 Australia

    Sam Burgess is on the pitch, by the way, replacing Brad Barritt. England climbing out of hell one inch at a time. A converted try the difference and a draw would keep alive their World Cup hopes. 

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    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "I have never experienced anything like I'm experiencing down here at the moment, it's a sensational atmosphere here at Twickenham."

  56. Penalty - Farrell

    England 13-20 Australia

    Owen Farrell with a sideways glance at the uprights as is his wont, and the outside-half is freakishly accurate again.  

    Owen Farrell kicks a penalty
  57. England 10-20 Australia

    Ominous. Very ominous. Australia snipping around England's 22... A rash pass from Nick Phipps, though, has the Aussies floundering... another dodgy pass from the scrum-half and George Ford boots it forward... Australia's defence in disarray, scrambling, and they're penalised at the breakdown. Owen Farrell with a chance to reduce the arrears. 

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    England 10-20 Australia

    England v Australia
  59. England 10-20 Australia

    "Come on," says Richard Wigglesworth to his forwards, urging the big men upfield as Australia's Stephen Moore prepares to aim at the line-out - but England steal the ball... a wall of noise inside Twickenham... 

    But England fail to counter-attack at speed. Michael Hooper turns over ball from Tom Wood. It's difficult to gather momentum with the Poopers bossing the breakdown. 

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    Matt Burke

    Former Australia full-back

    "You can sense a switch in the relative speeds of the teams - all of a sudden, England have got it over Australia."

    Watson celebrates
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    England fly-half Danny Cipriani - another to miss out on the World Cup squad  - enjoyed that try from Anthony Watson.

  62. England 10-20 Australia

    We're now in England's half, but Tom Youngs, galvanised, steals possession... but it's a messy exchange of play, the ball booted back and forth...

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    Prince Harry celebrates
  64. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "Ford has been a massive difference, he's been taking it to the line, a little bit like Foley for Australia. Ford has all the vision in the world and he's running the show at the moment."

    George Ford kicks
  65. Converted try - Watson; Farrell con

    England 10-20 Australia

    Anthony Watson scores a try

    They couldn't come back, could they? They're giving it a go. George Ford's regal handling giving England an extra dimension... a bull-like run from Anthony Watson, through Bernard Foley and Will Genia, and over the line he charges. 

    A masterful touchline conversion from Owen Farrell. 

  66. England 3-20 Australia

    Kieran Brookes is another fresh face into the England front-row, the tight-head prop replacing Dan Cole. 

    A honeyed platform for England's backline but England swamped bymen in green and gold... England retaining possession, though, even though they're losing ground. 

    But, hang on, Tom Wood injects impetus... Promising...

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    Chris Robshaw
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    Matt Burke

    Former Australia full-back

    "Dan Cole was lucky to get away with that - if Bernard Foley had caught that, he was away and in for a try."

  69. England 3-20 Australia

    Temperatures rising as England secure line-out ball and recycle... George Ford zig-zagging... the hosts spinning from one side to another... 

    Bernard Foley intercepts Jonathan Joseph's pass. A deliberate knock-on? No, says the TMO, just simply a knock-on. It could have been a penalty try but, instead, England must make do with a scrum on Australia's 22. 

    Dan Cole perhaps lucky to get away with a little contact there on the Australia fly-half as he tried to regather.  

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    England did not pick former European player of the year Steffon Armitage, a renowned breakdown operator, because he plays his club rugby in France.  

    Toulon's Steffan Armitage
  71. Post update

    England 3-20 Australia

    Much of the pre-match chat centered around Australia's threat at the breakdown. And here are the grim numbers for Stuart Lancaster's side...

    England v Australia
  72. England 3-20 Australia

    Perhaps unsurprisingly Mako Vunipola comes on for Joe Marler as England make more changes. 

    Oof. A late charge into Chris Robshaw by Kane Douglas and England opt for touch. Prince Harry bellowing at the team from the posh seats, adding his voice to the 80,000-strong roar. 

  73. Penalty - Foley

    England 3-20 Australia

    "You are definitely not straight," referee Romain Poite tells punk prop Joe Marler. "Now you have to be very disciplined." 

    Bernard Foley, successful with three from three so far, continues his unblemished record. Tap, tap, tap, another nail into England's World Cup coffin. 

    Bernard Foley prepares to take a penalty
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    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "The referee has just given Marler a final warning and England have to get him off now, because if England go down the 14 men, it's game over."

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    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "Everyone is going to be talking about Giteau coming over from France to play for Australia, it's the kind of knowledge he brings that you need to win a World Cup."

    Matt Giteau of Australia
  76. England 3-17 Australia

    England must climb their way back into the light by the might of their collective will, but they're making sloppy errors. Too many men in the line-out, presenting the Aussies with a put-in at the scrum with the England 22 in shoving distance. And shove the Wallabies do, a push and a shove and the England scrum retreats. Oh my. 

    England's scrum is broken by Australia
  77. England 3-17 Australia

    Will Genia has a kick charged down

    The crowd chirping about chariots swinging low as Australia have put-in at the scrum after an Anthony Watson knock-on. Will Genia messes up the box kick, though, and England steal possession... 

    Excitable roars inside the stadium, but they are silenced by David Pocock. The flanker with a vice-like grip around Tom Wood and the ball. 

    Michael Hooper and David Pocock smile at each other, as if to say "we've got them on toast". 

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  79. England 3-17 Australia

    Jonny May injured, apparently, which has forced Stuart Lancaster to show his hand earlier than he would have wanted. Australia monopolising possession in these early stages. 

  80. England 3-17 Australia

    George Ford

    What will the change in personnel do to England's fortunes. The second half is up and running so we'll soon find out. 

  81. Half-time

    England 3-17 Australia

    A reminder of who scored what during the break as George Ford trots onto the field. Jonny May the man who has been sacrificed. Jonathan Joseph to the wing, Owen Farrell to 12. 

    England v Australia
  82. England 3-17 Australia

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    Stuart Lancaster (centre)
  84. Half-time

    England 3-17 Australia

    Both teams have conceded two penalties apiece at the scrum, which is perhaps one area England could target the Aussies in the second half - although, worryingly for the hosts, Joe Marler was penalised for not going in straight at the scrum in the first half. Who knows in which direction Romain Poite will raise his arm.

  85. Half-time

    England 3-17 Australia

    England's set-piece game is going well - shame that the backline failed to ignite during the first half.

    All five of Tom Youngs' line-outs have found a white shirt, with Geoff Parling leaping to win four of them. And the Red Rose side have succeeded in three of their four scrums.

    Unfortunately for England fans, the Australia set-piece has been faultless...

    The England side look dejected
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    Former Wales international Adam Jones is happy, along with probably the rest of Wales right now. Not looking good for England.

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    No team has overturned a 14-point deficit in Rugby World Cup history. I repeat: no team has bounced back from a 14-point deficit in the history of this tournament. But someone has to be a first, I guess. 

  88. England 3-17 Australia


    They said the breakdown would be key, they have so far been proven right. Michael Hooper and David Pocock ruining England's chances of gaining quick ball. 

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  90. Post update

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "England need to capitalise on their territory and possession. Australia are ruthless and clinical - England are not..."

  91. Half-time

    England 3-17 Australia

    Chris Robshaw

    That's the end of the half and England must dig deep into their reserves and achieve something no other English team has done before - battle back from a 14-point deficit at the break. 

  92. England 3-17 Australia

    Mike Brown and Michael Hooper have an altercation

    Australia charging forward at panther-like speeds. England retreating, on their heels... Adam Ashley-Cooper sprinting down the wing... the right winger stopped in full flight, but Michael Hooper comes charging late into the breakdown and that's foul play, sir. England with a breather. Can they work their way into the opposition half? Meh. The hosts slow and pedestrian. 

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    Former England prop Duncan Bell has that sinking feeling after Foley's second try...

    Bernard Foley
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  95. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "The beginning of that move was straight off the training park - all the big runners came on the trundle, Genia used them as a screen and Australia's backs came streaming right. It was the stuff of a coach's dreams."

  96. Foley on fire

    England 3-17 Australia

    England v Australia
  97. Converted try - Foley; Foley con

    England 3-17 Australia

    Bernard Foley scores a try

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Australia switch from the blindside to the openside at lightening speed... Bernard Foley with the inside ball to Kurtley Beale, the replacement returns the favour, releasing his outside-half to run through unchallenged. That was a quick one-two in football parlance.  

    Foley converts his own try and Stuart Lancaster sits back in his chair, an agonised look from the head coach. 

    Anthony Watson looks dejected
  98. England 3-10 Australia

    The England scrum

    There have been plenty of scrums in this match and although neither team has lost on their own put-in, Romain Poite is frequently tooting his whistle on this set-piece. 

    Joe Marler not driving straight, says the referee, and Australia have a touchfinder behind enemy lines. 

  99. Post update

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "England need to get the ball to Joseph in space, he's looked absolutely dynamic and by far their most dangerous player."

    Jonathan Joseph
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    Michael Hooper of Australia tackles
  101. England 3-10 Australia

    The energised Joe Launchbury charges down Will Genia's box kick, but Owen Farrell hasn't got the speed to punish the men in green and gold and the hosts must again prepare for a wave of green and gold attack. Launchbury huffing and puffing, the lock has covered acres in the last five minutes. 

  102. England 3-10 Australia

    Joe Launchbury, with the finesse of a sledgehammer, charges through two defenders, a burst which takes his team on the verge of the 22... but David Pocock, the jackal, is bossing the breakdown and sniffs out England ball. 

    Joe Launchbury
  103. England 3-10 Australia

    Australia opt from the long line-out, Ben Morgan and Chris Robshaw drive the visitors infield and earn a put-in at the scrum as the Aussies fail to release. And that's another penalty for the men in white, Australia penalised at the scrum. 

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    England's Rugby World cup winning scrum-half Matt Dawson is worried about the scrum...

  105. England 3-10 Australia

    A round of applause for Australia's forwards from, well, themselves. Dan Cole caught turning the scrum and that gives Australia the chance to boot it into the hosts' 22 and march forward for the line-out. Worrying times for Stuart Lancaster's men. 

  106. Post update

    Matt Burke

    Former Australia full-back

    "Israel Folau is not the best kicker in the world so if England can launch long kicks to him in the corners, that might test out his defensive game."

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    One is not impressed.

  108. England 3-10 Australia

    But David Pocock, the master of the breakdown, nicks the ball and Australia boot it long, into opposition territory. The visitors off the hook. 

  109. England 3-10 Australia

    Jonathan Joseph

    Edge-of-the-seat stuff as Jonathan Joseph bursts through the middle... England charging forward, hovering near Australia's 22... the hosts looking for an immediate riposte. 

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    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    Bernard Foley scores a try

    "It was a classic mismatch that every rugby-playing back in the world dreams of - three Australian backs against a couple of England forwards, England were bound to break eventually." 

  112. Converted try - Foley; Foley con

    England 3-10 Australia

    Bernard Foley scores a try

    Inch by inch Australia's forwards rumble... they're sniffing the posts. England holding firm, though, which is why the Wallabies change tactic, let the backs have a go... they switch it one way, then the other... Will Genia with a snappy pass at the breakdown, setting Bernard Foley loose and the outside-half, with a shuffle of the hips, weaves through from 10m, evading Mike Brown's tackle. 

    The outside-half rubs two points into England's wounds, too. 

  113. England 3-3 Australia

    Israel Folau sashays through midfield... anxiety rippling around the stadium whenever the light-footed full-back receives the ball. 

    Momentum swinging like an overworked pendulum. Australia now in enemy territory and are awarded a put-in at the scrum inside England's 22.

  114. England 3-3 Australia

    Owen Farrell puts Jonathan Joseph in all sorts of trouble with a rushed flick over the shoulder, an Australian defender comes racing up and not even Houdini could wriggle his way out of that sort of straight jacket. England aiming to play on the front foot, though, which is why the crowd are probably signing. 

  115. Post update

    England 3-3 Australia

    Australia's lightning-quick start, in terms of both possession and territory, is illustrated rather neatly in our snazzy graphic. But - in the one statistic that really matters - England have fought back to level.

    England v Australia
  116. England 3-3 Australia

    Tom Wood

    High-octane, high-tempo stuff... Joe Launchbury and Tom Wood go pumping and snorting down the wing... England building momentum, retaining possession.. a cute flick to Mike Brown and the hosts are nearing Australia's 22...

  117. Penalty - Farrell

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    Owen Farrell

    Owen Farrell in front of the posts. Owen Farrell as accurate as ever. 

  118. England 0-3 Australia

    An early shuffle in the Australian line-up, Kurtley Beale replacing winger Rob Horne... Eventually play restarts... Ben Youngs presents the ball to his hooker, but Sekope Kepu is unsteady on his feet, which gifts the peerless Owen Farrell a chance to level the score. 

  119. Post update

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "What I liked about that move from England was that Joseph and Barritt seemed to have better synergy than last week. The subtle little changes, with Farrell switching position, altered the picture defensively for Australia."

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    Leicester Tigers and England fly-half Freddie Burns loved Mike Brown's early tackle.

  121. England 0-3 Australia

    Anthony Watson

    A magnificent offload from Owen Farrell, releasing Anthony Watson... decibels rise inside Twickenham... the winger caught but England retaining possession, punching holes... and a short, sharp shrill of Romain Poite's whistle signals a put-in at the scrum for England in a promising position. 

  122. Post update

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half

    "Australia are all over England at the breakdown, they need to chop them lower and get them on the ground."

  123. Penalty - Foley

    England 0-3 Australia

    Bernard Foley kicks a penalty

    Australia menacing... Michael Hooper scoops it out of the backend of the scrum... Will Genia dictating play, patiently they recycle... Ben Foley with the diagonal high kick... Israel Folau rises high but knocks on. 

    England were offside, though, which presents Bernard Foley with a routine penalty. There's hissing, whistling, a right carry on but the Aussie outside-half maintains his zen-like calm. 

  124. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner

    "I cannot emphasise enough how good that tackle by Mike Brown was. If he comes in and misses that, it's try-time all day long."

  125. England 0-0 Australia

    Mike Brown tackles Israel Folau

    A peachy line-out for the visitors who spin it wide... tryline beckoning... the ball finds the dancing Israel Folau but - Bang! - Mike Brown with a bone-cruncher on the full-back, making amends for his earlier error. 

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    A certain former Bath and England prop not impressed by England's start...

  127. England 0-0 Australia

    Will Genia at the back of an Australian scrum

    First cries of "Swing Low" echo around the grand arena as Will Genia prepares to put in at the scrum... a sturdy platform for the men in green and gold, a well-weighted diagonal kick by Ben Foley and Mike Brown, all sorts of options running through his mind, grazes the touchline and Australia have throw in 5m from England's line. Eek. 

  128. England 0-0 Australia

    England's Owen Farrell

    Aussie open-side flanker Michael Hooper starts this match like something out of the opening sequence of a batman movie. Kerpow! And he's wrapped himself around outside-half Owen Farrell. But the Aussies knock on, presenting England with a put-in at the scrum. Wallabies penalised at the scrum and England have easy ball...

  129. England 0-0 Australia

    A toot of Romain Poite's whistle and the 26th match of this World Cup gets under way. Too much of a good thing is a wonderful thing.

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  131. Vote results

    Call off the match, there's no point going any further with this evening because the result of our vote is in. We asked would England beat Australia and 54% of you said yes. Optimistic? Loyal? Wise? We'll find out in 80 minutes. 

    Vote result
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    Come in Australia. This is Big Brother. Please leave the Rugby World Cup.

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    Ashes check. Rugby World Cup, bear with us...

  134. Australia team news

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    Spine-tingling stuff as God Save the Queen is sung passionately by a chorus of 80,000. 

    But onto Australia's team news... they've made 14 changes to the team that beat Uruguay, naming the same XV that faced Fiji in their opening game of the tournament.

    Bernard Foley returns at fly-half over Quade Cooper, with Michael Hooper alongside David Pocock in the back row and Matt Giteau at inside-centre.

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  135. England team news

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    As the players line up for the anthems and 80,000 fans rise in unison, let's remind ourselves of the teams. 

    There's no Sam Burgess in England's starting line-up because Jonathan Joseph has recovered from a pectoral injury and has been recalled. 

    Number eight Ben Morgan and lock Joe Launchbury replace injured pair Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes, while scrum-half Ben Youngs is fit to start after going off in the second half of the defeat by Wales with an ankle injury. That's about it. 

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  137. Pre-match coach chat

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    England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "We've got to start well - no doubt about it. But it is an 80-minute game and I think it will go right down to the wire. Our decision-making and accuracy needs to be there for the full 80.

    "Walking into the stadium was unbelievable and that's why we're playing for everyone watching - both here and across the country. 

    "Now it is over to the players - but they're ready."

  138. Five minutes until kick-off

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    A light show before kick-off

    The lights have been dimmed inside Twickenham and spotlights are in full beam... Chris Robshaw leading his men through the bowels of the stadium and into a wall of sound. Five minutes until this cracker gets under way. 

  139. Penny for his thoughts

    England v Australia (20:00 BST)

    Stuart Lancaster
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    Will history be repeating itself at Twickenham tonight? 

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    Northampton centre Luther Burrell missed out on England's World Cup squad but he's right behind them tonight. Although getting more nervous as kick-off nears it seems.

  142. England and Australia at the RWC

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    Australia have been under England's thumb in their most recent World Cup meetings with the men wearing the Red Rose on their chest winning on the last three encounters. 

    There was a quarter-final win in 1995, and that 2003 victory Down Under, which was a rather muzzled celebration, and then came the two-point 2007 win in the quarter-finals.

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  143. What would Roy do?

    England v Australia (20:00 BST)

    England football manager Roy Hodgson is at Twickenham. Now there's a man who knows a thing or two about guiding England to the latter stages of World Cups. Oh. Hang on...

    England football manager Roy Hodgson
  144. An evenly-matched rivalry

    England v Australia (20:00 BST)

    These old rivals have been jostling with an oval ball since 1909 and have been evenly matched, especially since the sport turned professional in 1995. Twelve wins to England, twelve wins to Australia and one draw. 

    England v Australia
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    We couldn't possibly comment, Jonathan...

  146. Carling's corner

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    What has Will Carling got to say for himself this week? He was described as out of touch by England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth for his criticisms of the team after the Wales defeat. 

    This week? The former England captain sees light, dancing through meadows, a world full of bonhomie... That sort of thing.

    "We find out today about the England team and how they will operate under this white hot pressure. I have a sneaky feeling that we will all be impressed and the English will still be smiling tonight," he says. 

    Will Carling
  147. A hefty price to pay

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    What the price of an England defeat? Elimination at this premature stage would knock billions off the UK stock market, according to a professor of business at London Business School.  

    "A rugby loss leads to a next-day decline of 0.15 per cent, which is roughly £3bn when applied to the UK stock market," he said. 

    The sales of chariots would take a hit, I guess.

    Two pound coin