• December 7, 2023

England vs Fiji – Rugby World Cup 2023: Red Rose face huge quarter-final test


ENGLAND have come through Pool D unbeaten but are likely to face a stern test on Sunday in their quarter-final against Fiji.

The Red Rose was in full bloom as Steve Borthwick’s men recorded four wins in four – but not many would say they looked dominant in some of those games.

George Ford (left) and Owen Farrell (right) in Saturday's Samoa match


George Ford (left) and Owen Farrell (right) in Saturday’s Samoa matchCredit: Alamy

Plucky Fiji meanwhile earned their spot in the knockout stages – their first appearance since 2007 – through sheer blood, sweat and tears after edging through a tough Pool C on points differential.

Vern Cotter’s upstarts beat two-time champions Australia and Georgia while being narrowly edged out by Portugal and Wales – but will face a different proposition altogether in Marseilles’ Stade Velodrome.

When is England vs Fiji?

  • England’s World Cup encounter against Fiji is set to take place Sunday, October 15.
  • Kick off is set to get underway at 4pm BST.
  • The allocated venue, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, can hold 67,000 fans.
  • The Red Rose last faced the Flying Fijians in a pre-World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham – losing that fixture 30-22.

What TV channel is it on and can it be live streamed?

  • England vs Fiji will be broadcast LIVE on ITV 1.
  • Coverage will begin 3pm BST – an hour before the expected kick-off time.
  • Fans can also stream the entire match live on ITVX.
  • Alternatively, follow SunSport’s blog for minute-by-minute coverage including pre-match and post-match reaction.

Can I watch it for FREE?


Fans can watch England vs Fiji for FREE as long as you have a valid TV license in the UK.

What is the team news?

England will name their starting XV on Friday and all eyes will be on who gets the fly-half nod between George Ford and Owen Farrell.

Ford delivered man-of-the-match performances against Argentina and Japan and is the in-form number ten – but Farrell is England’s talisman and captain.

Attack coach Richard Wigglesworth said: “Owen’s a winner. That term gets thrown around quite a bit, but that’s Owen.

“Under the harshest of pressures and biggest of moments, he tends to get better. That is a sign of a winner.”

Fiji made six changes for their tight 24-23 defeat to Portugal and will likely consider a fresh approach to cut out the mistakes of that game.

What are the latest odds?

  • England to win 3-10
  • Draw 19-1
  • Fiji to win 13-5

*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and are correct at time of publication


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