"Coming home" - England's route to the Rugby World Cup final will be very tough - Ruck

“Coming home” – England’s route to the Rugby World Cup final will be very tough

Wins against Argentina, Japan, Chile and Samoa has seen fans dare to dream and we’ve looked at what could happen next…

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In a stunning turnaround under the leadership of Steve Borthwick, England has secured their place in the knockout stages, igniting the dreams of fans nationwide. The odds of them hoisting the coveted Webb Ellis Cup in October have been slashed in half since the tournament’s commencement.

Nevertheless, the road ahead in this rugby journey is far from easy, featuring a crucial clash against Samoa in two weeks during the final pool stage. The path to the ultimate showdown is laden with challenges and uncertainties.

But what if, just for a moment, we let ourselves embrace the possibility of this remarkable scenario? What would the Rugby World Cup look like if England defied the odds and made it to a final considered by many as the most improbable in history?


Let’s venture into the realm of imagination and explore the potential trajectory that awaits Borthwick’s formidable team.

Quarter-final: England v Fiji

After a historic defeat to the Pacific Islanders last month, England is poised to seek redemption in the quarter-finals. Steve Borthwick’s squad aims to erase the memory of their lackluster performance, and with their recent form, they stand a strong chance of advancing to the semi-finals.


The 2023 Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final between England and Fiji will be played at 4pm on Sunday, October 15th.


In the United Kingdom the England v Fiji game will be broadcast on ITV1 with pre-game coverage beginning at 3pm.

Television viewers in Ireland can tune into RTÉ 2 from 3.30pm to catch all the action.

Caleb Muntz of Fiji kicks the ball out of play and celebrates with team mates the win over England during the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. ( Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK )


England and Fiji have been battling in Test rugby since 1999. Since then they’ve faced off five times.

Their first meeting was at the 1999 Rugby World Cup where England won 45-24.

England won the next three fixtures before losing their game 22-30 against Fiji during the Rugby World Cup warm-up.

2023: Fiji won 22-30

2016: England won 58-15

2015: England won 35-11

2012: England won 54-12

1999: England won 45-24


Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistant Referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Pierre Brousset (France)

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)