The 2019 Rugby World Cup intensifies this weekend as teams face different realities. This weekend’s matches represent the RWC quarter-final stage of the competition and teams have revealed their starting XV for the upcoming game. Check out all of the changes that have been made to the starting lineups of the last eight teams.
England Vs Australia RWC Quarter-Finals
England’s head coach, Eddie Jones will hope his tactics prove useful as when he was part of the technical team that helped the Springboks win the 2007 World Cup. As one of the favourites to advance to the semis, it came as a surprise when the coach dropped George Ford while captain Owen Farrell would take a different position at fly-half.
The Wallabies coach, Michael Cheika will give 19-year-old Jordan Petaia a chance to start at outside centre. The fleet-footed back has impressed since his school days and could be the surprise package for the Aussies.
Wales vs France RWC Quarter-Finals
Wales will be hoping they have nursed back to full-health fly-half Dan Biggar, center Jonathan Davies and wing George North before Saturday’s match against France. The trio was named in the squad to start the match despite concerns over the head knock, knee and ankle injuries.
Meanwhile, France has made five changes to the starting lineup that defeated Tonga in their last match. Despite the troublesome back problems, scrum-half Antoine Dupont is set to take his place alongside half-back partner Romain Ntamack. Arthur Iturria has been dropped from the starting lineup and Bernard Le Roux comes in instead.
New Zealand vs Ireland RWC Quarter-Finals
Ireland will be looking to cause an upset in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals if they can get the better of the favourites. They will draw inspiration from the last time they played New Zealand in Dublin. They were without the services of Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw through injury and coach Joe Schmidt will have his full squad at his disposal this time around.
The All Blacks will draw from their experience to beat the Ireland team that has won the last two of the past three matches between the teams. New Zealand head coach, Steve Hansen will be wary of the Irish threat, choosing to go on the offensive with speedy wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece. The match will be a tightly contested battle. Both teams know that a single mistake can mean the end of the road.
Japan vs South Africa RWC Quarter-Finals
The Springboks have named a powerful line-up for their match against hosts Japan in their quarter-final match. Coach Rassie Erasmus has famously dubbed his starting lineups as a first-choice starting team and second-string players. With the knockout game against the hosts, they will make changes to the side that demolished Canada 66-7. In total, there’ll be 13 changes to the starting XV. Boks captain Siya Kolisi and Damian de Allende are the only remaining players from the final pool B match.
The hosts were hit with an injury to their starting XV lineup. They were forced to call up Ryohei Yamanaka at fullback in place of William Tupou. Japanese head coach, Jamie Joseph also made two changes to the forwards to replace Uwe Helu and Hendrik Tui. Substitutes Wimpie van der Walt and Amanaki Lelei Mafi will look to cement a place in the lineup and advance into the semis.