The 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stages are over and the quarter-final line-up is official.
All eight remaining teams will be quietly confident of success this year and captains will have started to dream about lifting the famous Webb Ellis Cup.
Starting with England’s mouth-watering clash with Australia in Oita, we looked at each game ahead of this weekend.
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England vs Australia
Eddie Jones made a bold move to start Owen Farrell over George Ford but will that decision pay off?
England have one of the strongest squads in the sport and we could see the 2003 World Cup winners advance to the semi-finals after a relatively simple pool stage.
Meanwhile, Australia have blown hot and cold so far this tournament. The Wallabies were caught cold in the first half against Wales and Michael Cheika will make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Expect a fired-up Australia to come out of the blocks quickly on Saturday morning. On paper, England deserve to head into this clash as favourites but Australia are no slouches and this won’t be straightforward by any means.
Take the +8.5 for the Wallabies (17/20) to take this one down to the wire.
TIP: Australia at +8.5 on the handicap (17/20)
New Zealand vs Ireland
New Zealand flexed their muscles against South Africa in their opening Pool B fixture but Steve Hansen’s side have been in cruise control ever since.
With their final game against Italy cancelled due to the weather, the All Blacks will be well rested ahead of this clash.
Most of this Ireland squad played in that victory over New Zealand in November 2018 and punters may be tempted to back the Irish here.
They have had to work hard to reach the quarter-finals but they are match fit and that could give them the edge.
Write New Zealand off at your peril. The All Blacks are clear favourites and it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Hansen’s side send out a statement. 12/25 for New Zealand to win by 8 points or more is a decent price.
TIP: New Zealand to win by at least 8 points (12/25)
Wales vs France
Wales were my very early tip for World Cup glory back in July 2018 – that 18/1 price looks huge now.
France have had the benefit of an extra week off but Wales have the stamina and mental strength to cope with their hefty excursions.
Expect the unexpected from France. You never know which French team you are going to get; Les Bleus can be world beaters one minute and struggling the next.
While they have yet to win the competition, France have reached the Rugby World Cup final on three separate occasions.
The 7/5 available for Wales to win by less than 13 points is the way to go. Warren Gatland’s men will take some stopping on Sunday morning and the Oita faithful could see one of the performances of the tournament this weekend.
TIP: Wales to win by 1-12 points (7/5)
Japan vs South Africa
A victory for Japan will cement their status as one of the top rugby union nations on the planet.
Neutrals will want the hosts to emerge victorious and it would take a brave man to back against Japan on current form. This has all the makings of an absolute thriller.
South Africa gave a decent account of themselves against New Zealand but the Springboks have hardly been tested since. One of the main contenders prior to the tournament, South Africa are still fancied to go on and lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
Japan have been fantastic to watch throughout the tournament but their journey could come to an end this weekend.
However, punters should strongly consider the +14.5 on the handicap for Japan ahead of Sunday’s clash – the home crowd can keep Japan in the game.
TIP: Japan at +14.5 on the handicap (17/20)