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England are set to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown on Saturday

England are set to face Australia in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown on Saturday.

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England will be favourites after topping their group, but Australia are certainly not to be underestimated with a spot in the semi-finals on the line.

Here, Sportsmail‘s Nik Simon runs you through the form of both teams, from the physicality of Manu Tuilagi to the strength of David Pocock.

England are set to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown on Saturday

England are set to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final showdown on Saturday

England 

Daly AGE: 27 CAPS: 36 

Scored on every Test start against the Wallabies, counter-attack threat. 7.5 

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Watson AGE: 25 CAPS: 39 

Still waiting for his first World Cup try here but shown moments of class.

Slade AGE: 26 CAPS: 24 

Huge selection gamble in first Test start since March. Offers real dynamism.

TuilagAGE: 28 CAPS: 37 

Big brother Freddie visited for a pep-talk — so expect even more physicality! 8.5 

Expect even more physicality from England's standout performer so far: Manu Tuilagi

Expect even more physicality from England's standout performer so far: Manu Tuilagi

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Expect even more physicality from England’s standout performer so far: Manu Tuilagi

May AGE: 29 CAPS: 49 

Wins his 50th cap as one of the first names on England’s team sheet. 8 

Farrell AGE: 28 CAPS: 76 

Takes over the reins from Ford and told to lead with ‘warrior’ spirit. 6.5 

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Youngs AGE: 30 CAPS: 92 

Kicked from hand 13 times in last match and must beware Beale’s counter. 7 

M Vunipola AGE: 28 CAPS: 55 

First start here after injury. Calm presence may bring best out of Billy.

It's the first start for Mako Vunipola here after injury, and he may bring out the best in Billy

It's the first start for Mako Vunipola here after injury, and he may bring out the best in Billy

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It’s the first start for Mako Vunipola here after injury, and he may bring out the best in Billy

GeorgAGE: 29 CAPS: 42 

King of corridor cricket at hotel and eye is equally important in lineout.

SinckleAGE: 26 CAPS: 28 

Deft tip-off passes have stood out and will now look to dominate scrum. 7.5 

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Itoje AGE: 24 CAPS: 31 

England’s leading turnover fetcher (7) — a modern, mobile, athletic lock.

Lawes AGE: 30 CAPS: 78 

Surprise selection as England look to attack with brutality and brawn. 7 

Courtney Lawes was a surprise selection, as England look to attack with brutality and brawn

Courtney Lawes was a surprise selection, as England look to attack with brutality and brawn

Courtney Lawes was a surprise selection, as England look to attack with brutality and brawn

CurrAGE: 21 CAPS: 16 

Praised for lineout but the breakdown is his main job against the best.

B Vunipola AGE: 26 CAPS: 48 

Concerns about fitness after ankle injury but his carrying will be key now. 6.5 

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Underhill AGE: 23 CAPS: 12

Will need to use his speed to beat old-timers to the contact area. 7

SUBSTITUTES

Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Ludlam, Heinz, Ford, Joseph

TOTAL – 107.5  

Australia 

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Beale AGE: 30 CAPS: 91 

Not the biggest but one of the world’s best runners on his day. 8

Hodge  AGE: 25 CAPS: 38 

Back after three-match ban to capitalise on potential breakdown penalties. 6 

Petaia AGE: 19 CAPS: 2 

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Teen sensation with sparkling footwork faces huge challenge at centre.

Teen sensation Jordan Petaia will be looking to dazzle England with his sparkling footwork

Teen sensation Jordan Petaia will be looking to dazzle England with his sparkling footwork

Teen sensation Jordan Petaia will be looking to dazzle England with his sparkling footwork

KerevAGE: 26 CAPS: 32 

A stick of dynamite with 20 linebreaks and ability to bounce off defenders. 7.5 

Koroibete AGE: 27 CAPS: 27 

Scored one of solo tries of tournament against Georgia.

Leali’ifano AGE: 32 CAPS: 25

One of stories of the World Cup after fighting back from leukaemia.

Genia AGE: 31 CAPS: 109

Sixth half-back combination in as many games. Poor against Wales. 6 

Australia's Will Genia will be looking to improve after his last World Cup outing against Wales

Australia's Will Genia will be looking to improve after his last World Cup outing against Wales

Australia’s Will Genia will be looking to improve after his last World Cup outing against Wales

Sio AGE: 28 CAPS: 62 

One of three Brumbies in tight-five, breeding stability in pack.

Latu AGE: 26 CAPS: 18 

In a prickly mood when he lashed out at journalist this week. 6.5 

Ala’alatoAGE: 25 CAPS: 36 

Ideal preparations with win over scrum heavyweights Georgia. 6.5 

Arnold AGE: 29 CAPS: 25 

Nicknamed ‘three-storey Rory’ because of his 6ft 10in frame.

Rodda AGE: 23 CAPS: 24 

On the receiving end of Farrell’s infamous no-arms hit last time. 7

Izack Rodda was on the receiving end of Owen Farrell's infamous no-arms hit last time out

Izack Rodda was on the receiving end of Owen Farrell's infamous no-arms hit last time out

Izack Rodda was on the receiving end of Owen Farrell’s infamous no-arms hit last time out

PococAGE: 31 CAPS: 82 

Big arms, huge strength over the ball in contact area. 8 

PococAGE: 31 CAPS: 82 

Big arms, huge strength over the ball in contact area.

Hooper AGE: 27 CAPS: 98 

A link-man and a jackler to create the world’s best team at the breakdown. 8 

SUBSTITUTES

Uelese, Slipper, Tupou, Coleman, Salakaia-Loto, White, To’omua, O’Connor.

TOTAL – 103