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England became the first World Cup host nation to crash out atthe pool stage and triggered calls for Lancaster to resign
Olympic Stadium, kick-off 4.45pm, ITV
There will be calls after England’s hideously early World Cup elimination for Stuart Lancaster to stand down as head coach or be fired from a Rugby Football Union contract that has five years left to run.
We are about to discover the durability of this World Cup, as a seismic, must-see event without the interest of the host nation
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England are in the last chance saloon, but here's a few reasons to be optimistic ahead of tonight's showdown
A look ahead to the Pool D fixture at The Olympic Stadium
A look ahead to the Pool C fixture at Leicester City Stadium
Michael Cheika chuckles at Sir Clive Woodward barbs while home camp tries to stress the positives ahead of crucial World Cup encounter
Israel Folau is a potent finisher who has scored 18 tries in 34 matches for Australia
The Australian backrowers Pocock and Hooper – or ‘Pooper’ – have been hogging the headlines but the other member of the trio is just as key to what Cheika’s team do. And for him, it has been a far more harrowing journey
So England are on the point of heading out of the World Cup: the first host nation in the tournament’s history not to find a way into the knock-out stage. Really? It’s perfectly possible that things will turn out badly for Stuart Lancaster’s team tonight and it will be one hell of a painful experience, with all manner of ramifications, if it happens. But speaking as a good Australian, I can tell you that the Wallabies aren’t feeling too free and easy about life either. This is super-tense for both sides.
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A look ahead to the Pool B fixture at Stadium MK
A look ahead to the Pool B fixture at St James Park
A look ahead to the Pool A fixture at Twickenham