England have secured their place in the 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with victories over Argentina, Japan and Chile. It means they are now guaranteed to finish top of Pool D and advance into the next round.
Now it’s all about who they will play in the last eight. Because England have claimed top spot in Pool D, their quarter-final opponent will be whoever finishes second in Pool C, which could be either Wales, Fiji or – and this would require a minor miracle – Australia.
When is it?
England will play their quarter-final on Sunday, October 15, with the match kicking off at 4pm BST (5pm local time).
Where is it?
Stade de Marseille
A historic stadium that has been renovated multiple times since it opened in 1937 and has a capacity of 67,847. Two quarter-finals at the 2007 Rugby World Cup were hosted here. As well as being the home ground of Olympique de Marseille, this stadium hosted the Fifa World Cup in 1938 and 1998.
Who is the referee?
How to watch on TV
ITV has exclusive broadcast rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the UK. England’s quarter-final match will be on ITV 1.
Radio commentary will be available only on the BBC, across Radio 5 Live, 5 Sports Extra and the BBC Sounds service. The BBC offers a “bespoke output” in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for this match can be purchased via the official Rugby World Cup ticket portal.
England’s Pool D fixtures / results
All matches on ITV1
Saturday, September 9 – England 27 v Argentina 10
Sunday, September 17 – England 34 Japan 12
Saturday, September 23 – England 71 Chile 0
Saturday, October 7 – England v Samoa, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, 4.45pm
What is England’s next game?
It is their final Pool D match, against Samoa in Lille on October 7.
What is the latest news?
England head coach Steve Borthwick will reprise the George Ford and Owen Farrell midfield partnership for Saturday’s match against Samoa, while Joe Marchant is in line for a surprise start on the wing.
Ford has been recalled at fly-half to play alongside Farrell, who shifts to inside centre. Having been a staple partnership of the past World Cup cycle under Eddie Jones leading up to the 2019 final, it would be their first start together since March 2021.
It is understood that Borthwick was keen to roadtest the combination again in the World Cup warm-up match away to Ireland, only for Farrell to receive a red card in the previous game against Wales which led to the England captain serving a four-match suspension.
Manu Tuilagi is in line to face Samoa, the country of his birth, for the first time in his career and teammate Kyle Sinckler says that he will relish the occasion. “Obviously Manu’s been around the block for a while now, but he’s never actually played against Samoa,” Sinckler said. “So I think he’s looking forward to it, and it should be fun.”
What is England’s route to the final?
England will progress from Pool D as the top-placed side. Second spot should go to either Argentina or Japan, who play each other this Sunday.
By finishing first in their group, Borthwick’s men will face the second-placed side from Pool C – either Wales, Fiji or Australia. So far so beatable. Wales and Fiji have blown hot and cold while the Wallabies have been a total car crash.
Indeed, it is only if they reach the semis that England will have to play a team in the top five of the current world rankings. And in a one-off knockout match, it is anyone’s game. Next stop, the final?
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Who is in the England squad?
You can read Will Greenwood’s verdict on the men who have been selected.
Best of the latest odds
South Africa: 10/3
New Zealand: 15/4
Odds correct as of October 4.
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