The coaches have shown their hand in naming their sides for the important quarter final matches this weekend.
QF1 -England v Australia
England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 George Ford, 23 Jonathan Joseph
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 David Pocock, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 James O’Connor
Owen Farrell will captain his side from the number 10 jumper this weekend which left Ford to move down to the bench as cover.
In the midfield Jones went with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade as his centre pairing.
May will earn his 50th cap on the wing and he will have Anthony Watson on the right with Daly at fullback. Mako Vanipola was also been included in the starting XV with Curry and Underhill named as the flankers for this test.
Australia coach Cheika has surprise with the selection of Jordan Petaia at 13 for this test.
This will be his first runout in the 13 jersey in his test career partnering with Samu Kerevi.
Will Genia will pair up with Christian Lealiifano as the half-back duo this weekend with Cheika putting his trust in these two.
Reece Hodge also returns from suspension and starts on the wing alongside Marika Koroibete, with Kurtley Beale named at full-back.
In the forward pack, Allan Alaalatoa is one of two changes made, along with captain Michael Hooper’s return to the XV after being a late withdrawal against Georgia.
In the midfield we see Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose with Rob Kearney returning to full-back with Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls starting the wings.
QF2 – New Zealand v Ireland
New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Jordie Barrett
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Tadhg Beirne, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
The All Blacks have selected Retallick to start the match this weekend against Ireland.
Retallick has only played 30 minutes at the tournament so far.
He and Whitelock will partner again in the second row with Kieran Read leading the team from number eight jumper with Sam Cane and Ardie Savea starting on the flanks.
Hansen went with Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue in his midfield with Williams on teh bench as cover.
Ben Smith is out of the 23 with Beauden Barrett returning to full-back and starts alongside wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece in the back three.
Richie Mo’unga and Aaron Smith are the half-backs for this match as expected.
QF 3 Wales v France
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Vincent Rattez
Wales and France will take on each other on Sunday in QF number 3 and Warren Gatland has picked the same starting XV that beat Australia in their pool d clash.
Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis will be in the front row with Alun Wyn Jones partnering with Jake Ball in the second-row.
A fit again Dan Bigger will partner with Gareth Davies behind the scrum and will play a vital role in Wales success on Sunday.
On the bench Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre and Dillon Lewis provide the front-row cover with Adam Beard and Ross Moriarty completing the forward contingent. Tomos Williams, Rhys Patchell and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.
France will welcome Damian Penaud and Antoine Dupont back who are fit again.Both were minor doubts ahead of the game in Oita but have been cleared to face an in-form Welsh side in Sunday’s opening last-eight clash.Dupont shakes off a back injury and will line up alongside his Toulouse teammate Romain Ntamack while Penaud is named on the right wing.Dupont took limited part in training this week but has been passed fit to play in place of Baptiste Serin. His last start was against Argentina in France’s opening match, although he did come off the bench to play the last 27 minutes of the win over Tonga.Coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes from the line-up that defeated Tonga almost two weeks ago.Yoann Huget comes in on the left in place of Alivereti Raka, who falls out of the matchday squad altogether, as does centre Sofiane Guitoune who makes way for Gael Fickou. One surprise on their replacements bench sees the recently called up Vincent Rattez preferred ahead of the dropped pair.
QF 4 Japan v South Africa
Japan: 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 James Moore, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Isileli Nakajima, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Lomano Lava Lemeki
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn
Japan has made one change to their starting XV that will take the field against the Springboks on Sunday.
Ryohei Yamanaka, who started against Ireland but was on the bench for the last match against Scotland, runs out at full-back in place of William Tupou, who drops out of the 23.
Second-row Wimpie van der Walt and winger Lomano Lemeki return to the bench alongside number eight Amanaki Lelei Mafi, who is available for the first time since coming off injured against Ireland. Second-row Uwe Helu and flanker Hendrik Tui miss out.
Prop Jiwon Koo starts at tighthead after coming off with a rib injury in the first half against Scotland.
It means 13 changes to the starting XV from the one which concluded the Boks’ pool campaign with a 66-7 demolition of Canada in Kobe last Tuesday.
Only Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and Damian de Allende – who switches from outside centre back to the more familiar inside centre position – are retained from the Kobe XV.
They are joined in the line-up by the balance of the starting XV from the seven-try-to-nil overwhelming of Italy in what has become a familiar ‘senior’ line-up.
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