England rugby fans have packed into bars both at home and abroad to watch the crunch World Cup knock-out match against old rivals Australia.

Hardcore supporters who have made the 6,700-mile trip to Japan have descended on the southern city of Oita where the quarter-final game kicked off at 8.15am – 16.15pm local time.

Some 20,000 travelling England fans were expected to flood into the stadium, which will play host to an epic grudge match.   

England embarrassingly crashed out of their own World Cup in 2015 after a shock defeat to the Wallabies, stoking tension ahead of today’s game.

But the atmosphere in Oita was one of excitement, with many overseas fans draped in the flag of St George swigging beer and mixing with locals outside the ground.

And early risers back in Britain trooped into pubs around the country to cheer on the 23-man squad representing England on the biggest stage in world rugby.  

Hardcore supporters who have made the 6,700-mile trip to Japan have descended on the southern city of Oita where the quarter-final game was set to kick off at 8.15am - 16.15pm local time

Hardcore supporters who have made the 6,700-mile trip to Japan have descended on the southern city of Oita where the quarter-final game was set to kick off at 8.15am - 16.15pm local time

Hardcore supporters who have made the 6,700-mile trip to Japan have descended on the southern city of Oita where the quarter-final game was set to kick off at 8.15am – 16.15pm local time

The atmosphere in Oita was one of excitement, with many overseas fans draped in the flag of St George swigging beer and mixing with locals outside the ground

The atmosphere in Oita was one of excitement, with many overseas fans draped in the flag of St George swigging beer and mixing with locals outside the ground

 The atmosphere in Oita was one of excitement, with many overseas fans draped in the flag of St George swigging beer and mixing with locals outside the ground

England embarrassingly crashed out of their own World Cup in 2015 after a shock defeat to the Wallabies, stoking tension ahead of today's game (fans anxiously watch inside the stadium)

England embarrassingly crashed out of their own World Cup in 2015 after a shock defeat to the Wallabies, stoking tension ahead of today's game (fans anxiously watch inside the stadium)

England embarrassingly crashed out of their own World Cup in 2015 after a shock defeat to the Wallabies, stoking tension ahead of today’s game (fans anxiously watch inside the stadium)

Some 20,000 travelling England fans are expected to cram the stadium, which will play host to an epic grudge match

Some 20,000 travelling England fans are expected to cram the stadium, which will play host to an epic grudge match

Some 20,000 travelling England fans are expected to cram the stadium, which will play host to an epic grudge match

England fans pose for a photo outside the stadium prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between England and Australia at Oita Stadium

England fans pose for a photo outside the stadium prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between England and Australia at Oita Stadium

England fans pose for a photo outside the stadium prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final match between England and Australia at Oita Stadium

England rugby fans have packed into bars both at home and abroad to watch the crunch World Cup knock-out match against old rivals Australia

England rugby fans have packed into bars both at home and abroad to watch the crunch World Cup knock-out match against old rivals Australia

England rugby fans have packed into bars both at home and abroad to watch the crunch World Cup knock-out match against old rivals Australia

Australia fans - dressed up as Wallabies - enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final

Australia fans - dressed up as Wallabies - enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final

Australia fans – dressed up as Wallabies – enjoy the pre-match atmosphere prior to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final

England fans dressed as St George mix with locals in Oita ahead of the game which pit two old rivals against each other

England fans dressed as St George mix with locals in Oita ahead of the game which pit two old rivals against each other

England fans dressed as St George mix with locals in Oita ahead of the game which pit two old rivals against each other

England fans will be confident their team can reach its first Rugby World Cup semi-final since 2007, having defeated Australia in the past six encounters.

The Australia rivalry has been elevated even more since Eddie Jones joined the side as England’s coach – he managed the Wallabies when they lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final. 

The 2019 World Cup is the first time the tournament has been hosted by an Asian country since its 1987 inception, with travelling fans advised to respect Japan’s culture. 

Fearing that overseas supporters will drink the Japanese outlets dry, official tournament sponsor Heineken has reportedly increased its beer production by 80 per cent.

The country was rocked last week by Typhoon Hagibis, which saw 120mph winds batter the eastern coast and forced England’s final group stage match against France cancelled.

After wins against Tonga, the USA and Argentina, England topped Pool C, which pitted them against the runners up in Pool A, Australia, who lost against Wales.

All home nations except Scotland emerged from the pool stages into the knock-outs, with Wales and Ireland both in action this weekend against France and New Zealand respectively.

Japan will also hope to reach the semi-final after a string of unexpected victories which has fired up the host nation.

England fans (pictured outside the ground) will be confident their team can reach its first Rugby World Cup semi-final since 2007, having defeated Australia in the past six encounters

England fans (pictured outside the ground) will be confident their team can reach its first Rugby World Cup semi-final since 2007, having defeated Australia in the past six encounters

England fans (pictured outside the ground) will be confident their team can reach its first Rugby World Cup semi-final since 2007, having defeated Australia in the past six encounters

An England fan watches from the stands in Oita stadium for today's quarter-final clash against bitter rivals Australia

An England fan watches from the stands in Oita stadium for today's quarter-final clash against bitter rivals Australia

An England fan watches from the stands in Oita stadium for today’s quarter-final clash against bitter rivals Australia 

The Australia rivalry has been elevated even more since Eddie Jones (right with captain Owen Farrell) joined the side as England's coach, as he managed the Wallabies when they lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final

The Australia rivalry has been elevated even more since Eddie Jones (right with captain Owen Farrell) joined the side as England's coach, as he managed the Wallabies when they lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final

The Australia rivalry has been elevated even more since Eddie Jones (right with captain Owen Farrell) joined the side as England’s coach, as he managed the Wallabies when they lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final

Japan will also hope to reach the semi-final after a string of unexpected victories which has fired up the host nation (a supporter sports both England and Australia colours)

Japan will also hope to reach the semi-final after a string of unexpected victories which has fired up the host nation (a supporter sports both England and Australia colours)

Japan will also hope to reach the semi-final after a string of unexpected victories which has fired up the host nation (a supporter sports both England and Australia colours)

All home nations except Scotland emerged from the pool stages into the knock-outs, with Wales and Ireland both in action this weekend against France and New Zealand respectively (Irish and New Zealand flags are waved)

All home nations except Scotland emerged from the pool stages into the knock-outs, with Wales and Ireland both in action this weekend against France and New Zealand respectively (Irish and New Zealand flags are waved)

All home nations except Scotland emerged from the pool stages into the knock-outs, with Wales and Ireland both in action this weekend against France and New Zealand respectively (Irish and New Zealand flags are waved)

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