ENGLAND are out of the World Cup after a storming performance from Australia at Twickenham on Saturday October 3.
It is the first time that a host nation has dropped out at the group stage of the tournament and it’s the first time that England have not made it to the knockout stages.
Australia led Stuart Lancaster’s men 20-3 early in the second half and as the final quarter began England were only seven points behind. However a dangerous tackle by Owen Farrell on Matt Giteau resulted in a yellow card which meant the end of Farrell’s contribution to the match.
The penalty was taken by Bernard Foley and England were left chasing for the remaining minutes. Giteau’s late try came after the host nation’s fate was sealed and completed a record winning margin for Australia at Twickenham.
Stuart Lancaster spoke to BBC radio after the game, “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.”
Over at the Olympic stadium Ireland nailed down their place in the World Cup quarter finals in a 16-9 win over Italy. The Ireland team will be looking to move into another gear for the next game against France as the winner of that match will finish top of the group and steer clear of champions New Zealand in the last eight.