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Rugby World Cup enters knock-out stage

Rugby World Cup enters knock-out stage

Staff Reporter

FOUR years ago hosts of the Rugby World Cup, England as one of the contenders for this year’s tournament in Japan, failed to get out of the pool stage when they were defeated by Wales and Australia will have their work cut out for them to progress to the semi-final stage of this year’s tournament.

 

Australia goes into the quarter-final match against England match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 0 – 6 record in testes played.

 

Australia will look to stretch the England defence and get the ball into the hands of their star wingers making this a contest between the Wallaby rapier and English bludgeon.

In the second quarter-final match of the day the first Rugby World Cup meeting between the All Blacks and Ireland in 24 years promises to be a action filled clash. The two teams have developed one of the keenest rivalries in world rugby.

 

Their four meetings since the previous world cup have resulted in two wins apiece with only four points in Ireland’s favour separating the teams and nothing to suggest the quarter-final match should be any less tight.

 

The hat-trick-chasing champions will start as the favourites, having won their tournament opener against previous world champions South Africa.

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