Tom Curry
Tom Curry

The Corgies of England and the Wallabies of Australia battled it out in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on October 19, 2019 at 16:15 JST (UTC+09) at the Ōita Stadium in Ōita, Kyushu, Japan. It was the first match in the knockout stage of the quadrennial rugby union world championship, which is on its ninth edition.

All from France, Jérôme Garcès served as the referee while Romain Pote and Mathieu Raynal were the assistant referees of the rugby match, which was attended by 36,954 spectators. Ben Skeen of New Zealand was the television match official.

Coached by Eddie Jones, the Corgies scored 40, which was more than enough to beat the Wallabies, which scored 16. Michael Cheika is the coach of the latter.

This marked the largest defeat of the Corgies in Rugby World Cup. It surpassed the Australian national rugby union team’s 17-point loss against the All Blacks of New Zealand in 2015 in London, England.

Michael Hooper served as the captain of the Wallabies. His teammates were Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, David Pocock, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Allan Alaalatoa, Tolu Latu and Scott Sio along with Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Nic White Matt, Matt To’omua and James O’Connor as replacements.

With Owen Farrell as the captain, the players of the Corgies were Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Ben Youngs, Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George and Mako Vunipola. The replacements were Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Lewis Ludlam, Willi Heinz, George Ford and Jonathan Joseph.


May earned his 50th test cap by touching down twice in the first half while Curry was named the Mastercard Player of the Match. Here is an interview with the latter: