England fans get the beers flowing ahead of clash with Australia in the Rugby World Cup

Land of the Rising FUN! England fans at home and in Japan get the beers flowing as tensions build ahead of grudge quarter-final clash with old rivals Australia in the Rugby World Cup

  • England rugby fans have packed into bars both at home and abroad to watch the crunch World Cup match
  • Hardcore supporters who have made the 6,700-mile trip to Japan have descended on the island city of Oita  

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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 was set to kick off at 8.15am – 16.15pm local time.

Some 20,000 travelling England fans are expected to flood 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 and swigging beer outside the ground.

And early risers back home 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

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 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