Hosts England knocked out of Rugby World Cup

The 2003 champions lose to Australia in front of 81,000 fans as their campaign ends in the group stages.

    Hosts England knocked out of Rugby World Cup
    Australia will take on Wales to determine who tops the group table [Reuters]

    Australia sent England tumbling into the Rugby World Cup abyss when they demolished the hosts 33-13 at Twickenham to ensure the 2003 champions would take no further part in their own tournament after the pool stage.

    Flyhalf Bernard Foley did most to break English hearts by racking up 28 points, including two sparkling tries, as Australia booked a place in the quarter-finals and took Wales through with them from Pool A.

    Women's Rugby grows in popularity across Africa

    Australia were well worth their win, taking a 17-3 lead in the first half and defending resolutely when a desperate England threw everything at them in the second, trying to avoid a first ever pool-stage exit.

    "Obviously we're very pleased," Australia coach Michael Cheika said.

    "It wasn't perfect and it's just another step along the way but the commitment was very good and we'll be looking for more of that going forward."

    Winger Anthony Watson gave England a sniff of hope with a second-half try and Owen Farrell kicked eight points as they briefly got within seven, but the flyhalf finished the match in the sin bin for a dangerous tackle on centre Matt Giteau.

    Giteau had the last laugh when he put a gloss on the score with a last-minute try, which Foley converted to take his tally with the boot to 18 points.

    "Absolutely gutted to be going out of the World Cup, words can't express how disappointed we are," said England coach Stuart Lancaster, whose long term future will now become a daily topic of speculation.

    "Credit to Australia, they are probably one of the best sides we have played in the last 12 to 18 months."

    England now go on to a dead rubber against Uruguay in Manchester next week, while Australia and Wales will face off back at Twickenham to decide who tops Pool A.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Kobe Steel: A scandal made in Japan

    Japan's third-largest steelmaker has admitted it faked data on parts used in cars, planes and trains.