England vs Australia live stream: how to watch the Rugby World Cup for free

England face Australia on Saturday 19th October, at 8.15 in the morning BST,  in a quarter-final that will have fans of both sides recalling their Rugby World Cup final meetings in 1991 and 2003.

The sides traded blows in each other’s back gardens in those matches, with Australia running out 12-6 victors at Twickenham before Jonny Wilkinson’s dramatic late kick won the trophy for England 12 years later.

England, who had three bonus-point wins from three in the pool stage before their match against France was called off, have won each of the last six meetings between the sides.

But the Wallabies, whose only defeat so far came against Six Nations holders Wales, beat Saturday’s opponents en route to the final four years ago, and defeated current world champions New Zealand only a couple of months ago.

“They are a clever team,” says England head coach Eddie Jones. “They play good rugby, they’ve improved their scrum and line-out over the last six to 12 months considerably and that makes them more difficult to beat.”

Saturday will mark the biggest test of Jones’s four-year reign, and he’s taken a gamble by dropping George Ford and bringing in Henry Slade to partner Manu Tuilagi, with Owen Farrell moving to fly-half.

“Australia defend a certain way,” explains Jones. “We believe these three players can trouble their defence, and defensively we feel like it’s a pretty strong 10-12-13 combination.

“We’ve had three games, we’ve had three bonus-point wins, we can’t do more than that. Do we have to play better than that against Australia? The likelihood is yes, and we are prepared for that.”

Both Vunipola’s have been cleared fit to start the match. As for Australia, teenager Jordan Petaia will start at centre, Will Genia gets the nod ahead of Nic White for scrum-half and Kurtley Beale takes his position at full-back having successfully recovered from concussion. 

It’s set to be another enticing match-up between the two, and a great set of quarter-finals generally, so here we’ve put together a guide for how you can watch all the matches live on TV, online and on the go, wherever you are in the world.

Watch England vs Australia in the UK

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ITV is where you’ll find all the action from the World Cup if you’re situated in the UK, meaning you won’t have to pay a penny for the privilege. Its +1 channel might also be of use if you’re hoping for an extra hour in bed before the early morning start.

As well as showing all the matches live, it also has a late-night highlights show for those of us who will be at work, asleep or otherwise engaged on Saturday morning.

ITV has no 4K facility, but games will be available in HD on your television or standard definition via its website and the ITV Player app.

Find out below how you can access those services even if you’re not in the UK on Saturday morning.

Watch England vs Australia from abroad using a VPN

Trying to access ITV streams from outside the UK – if you’re on holiday or working abroad, for example – is still a problem. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national. This will be the same if you try to access any geo-blocked stream from around the world.

So, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to help you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

VPNs are as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. So, whether you want to watch live rugby, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then they’re well worth considering.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:

ExpressVPN

You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

NordVPN

Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance

Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live Rugby World Cup matches here.

Watch England vs Australia in the USA

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Exclusive rights to show the Rugby World Cup in the USA belong to NBC Sports Gold, which is offering a pass to stream all 48 live matches across the tournament, commercial-free, for $199.99. A single match pass otherwise costs $29.99 – a saving if you think your nation is unlikely to make it past the quarters.

Better value for Rugby fans, though, would be its all-access premium pass, which will set you back $229.99 but also unlocks a whole season’s worth of action, including the Six Nations and Rugby League Premiership. This pass would cost $79.99 on its own, without World Cup coverage.

You can choose your NBC Sports Gold Rugby World Cup pass here.

If you’re going to be out of the country over the next month and a half, you can still use your pass with a VPN. See our above section to find out how to access geo-blocked streams.

Knockout stage fixtures

All times shown are GMT.

Quarter-finals

England vs Australia, 8.15am – Saturday 19th

New Zealand vs Ireland, 11.15am – Saturday 19th

Wales vs France, 8.15am – Sunday 20th

Japan vs South Africa, 11.15am – Sunday 20th

Semi-finals

England/Australia vs New Zealand/France, 9.00am – Saturday 26th

Wales/France vs Japan/South Africa, 9.00am – Sunday 27th

Third-place play-off

Loser semi-final 1 vs Loser semi-final 2, 9.00am – Friday 1st

Final

Winner semi-final 1 vs Winner semi-final 2, 9.00am – Saturday 2nd