Women’s Rugby Union World Cup 2022: how to watch England vs Australia quarter-final - dates, kick-off, squads

Everything you need to know ahead of England’s quarter-final match-up against Australia

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England continued to extend their record streak to 28 successive wins after beating South Africa 75-0 over the weekend to top Pool C and reach the World Cup quarter-finals. Simon Middleton used a much changed Red Roses to face the Springboks and six of the players enjoyed making their international debut with second row Rosie Galligan scoring three tries on her first outing for country

A total of 13 tries were scored in England’s thumping over South Africa with hooker Connie Powell scoring another hat-trick; Poppy Cleall and Sadia Kabeya scoring two apiece and Marlie Packer and Shanaugh Brown also adding to the scorecard.

Following their win, the Red Roses captain Packer said: “It was a phenomenal performance from the girls, I am super-proud. It is my first-time captaining England and to do it with this calibre of players is just amazing. We had 13 Rugby World Cup debutants today and they massively put their hands up.”

England’s win over South Africa not only confirmed they had won Pool C but also secured Wales had reached the quarter-final stage of the competition as well. While England prepare to face Australia, who will no doubt prove much tougher competition than the Springboks, Wales will face hosts New Zealand.

Here is all you need to know ahead of England vs Australia...

Poppy Cleall and Morwenna Talling tackle Lerato Makua in England v South AfricaPoppy Cleall and Morwenna Talling tackle Lerato Makua in England v South Africa
Poppy Cleall and Morwenna Talling tackle Lerato Makua in England v South Africa

When is England vs Australia?

The two sides will face off on Sunday 30 October in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 1.30am BST (1.30pm local time) and will be played at the Waitakere Stadium located in West Auckland. The Waitakere Stadium can host up to 5,000 fans and is the same venue where England beat South Africa over the weekend.

How to watch England vs Australia

All of England’s matches from New Zealand will be available to watch on ITV. For those who wish to stream the game, ITVHub will also be showing the match and fans require a free account to watch online.

England vs Australia head-to-head

The last time the two sides faced each other was back in 2017 during the International women’s Rugby Series in Wellington and England won 53-10. In total, the two sides have faced each other five times and England have won on every occasion.

In Australia’s group stages, they faced Wales, Scotland and New Zealand beating Wales and Scotland but losing heavily to the All Blacks. The Wallaroos edged Scotland 14-12 before sealing their fate in the quarter-final with a 13-7 win over Wales.


The playing XV is yet to be confirmed and given Middleton’s penchant for change it’s not yet known who he will chose for the upcoming quarter-final fixture. However, here are the World Cup squads of each team:

England Backs: Holly Aitchison, Jess Breach, Abby Dow, Zoe Harrison, Tatyana Heard, Leanne Infante, Ellie Kildunne, Claudia MacDonald, Sarah McKenna, Lucy Packer, Helena Rowland, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson.

England Forwards: Zoe Aldcroft, Sarah Bern, Hannah Botterman, Shaunagh Brown, Poppy Cleall, Amy Cokayne, Vickii Cornborough, Lark Davies, Rosie Galligan, Sarah Hunter, Sadia Kabeya, Laura Keates, Alex Matthews, Maud Muir, Cath O’Donnell, Marlie Packer, Connie Powell, Morwenna Talling, Abbie Ward.

Australia Backs: Iliseva Batibasaga, Lori Cramer, Gerogina Friedrichs, Arabella McKenzie, Layne Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Siokapsei Palu, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Tirlleen Pomare, Cecilia Smith, Maya Stewart, Bienne Terita, Sharni Williams, Ivania Wong.

Australia Forwards: Emily Chancellor, Bree-Anna Cheatham, Piper Duck, Grace Hamilton, Eva Karpani. Grace Kemp. Atasi Lafai, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Ashley Marsters, Tania Naden, Sera Naiqama, Bridie O’Gorman, Shannon Parry, Liz Patu, Emily Robinson, Madison Schuck, Adiana Talakai.