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Australia beats Wales 15-6 in World Cup pool match

Australia has beaten Wales 15-6 in the Rugby World Cup pool A match.

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Australia spent seven minutes of the second period down to 13 men after scrum half Will Genia and lock Dean Mum were both yellow-carded, but managed an impressive defeat despite the disadvantage in numbers.

Bernard Foley scored all 15 points leading Australia to finish top of Pool A.

Wales will now face South Africa in the quarter finals next weekend after suffering their 11th successive defeat against Australia.

Wales captain Sam Warburton felt his players could not have done any more, and gave credit to the Wallabies.

He told ITV: "We threw absolutely everything at Australia. I think you've got to give them a lot of credit in defence - in their 22 they were outstanding. We backed ourselves to go for the try and we couldn't get it.

"But I'm so proud of the guys. We threw everything at them and I couldn't ask any more from our players."

Watch highlights of the match on our dedicated Rugby World Cup site.

England ring changes for Uruguay dead rubber

Rising star: England centre Henry Slade. Credit: PA

Sam Burgess has been dropped from England's matchday 23 for Saturday's final World Cup group match against Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium.

Burgess has been omitted from the starting XV and bench as the hosts enter the death throes of a tournament that effectively ended for them with last Saturday's 33-13 defeat by Australia.

In a possible glimpse into England's future backline, George Ford has been recalled at fly-half, Owen Farrell moves to inside centre and rising star Henry Slade will win his second cap in the number 13 jersey.

ITV's Rugby World Cup website has the full story

England and Wales set for Twickenham showdown

England and Wales will go head to head at Twickenham tonight in a sporting showdown that could influence which team will go through to the Rugby World Cup's knockout stages.

Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton are preparing to lead their teams into tonight's Twickenham showdown Credit: David Davies/PA

The potentially crucial match will see the long time rivals playing to secure their places at the top of the group table ahead of other Pool A opponents Australia, Fiji and Uruguay, as they play their second games of this year's contest.

Ahead of tonight's 8pm kick-of England coach Graham Rowntree said he believed Wales would be coming into the match with "doubts in their minds" after losing the last two games they have played against England.

But Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has insisted Wales will arrive at Twickenham confident and ready for battle as they "are fully aware of what is at stake."

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