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England 13 Australia 33 - Host nation out of Rugby World Cup after mauling by awesome Aussies

Published 03/10/2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Bernard Foley of Australia releases the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Bernard Foley of Australia releases the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
England's wing Anthony Watson (R) reacts next to England's flanker Tom Wood (L) after scoring his team's first try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
An England supporter reacts during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
(From L) England's flanker Tom Wood, England's wing Anthony Watson and Australia's flanker Scott Fardy jump for the ball in a line out during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE
Australia's fly half Bernard Foley (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
Owen Farrell of England prepares to take a penalty kick during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
England's Anthony Watson and Australia's Israel Folau (top) compete for the ball in the air during the World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
England's fly half Owen Farrell (L) runs with the ball next to Australia's flanker Michael Hooper during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Australia's walk prior to a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
An England supporter looks on prior to a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS
Australia's head coach Michael Cheika reacts prior to a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
Australia's wing Adam Ashley-Cooper warms up Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between England and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU
Bryan Habana of South Africa goes over to score their third try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
South Africa's wing JP Pietersen (R) celebrates with South Africa's centre Damian de Allende after scoring during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO /PAUL ELLIS
South Africa's prop Jannie du Plessis (R) receives a yellow card during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Richie Vernon of Scotland is tackled by Handre Pollard of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Handre Pollard of South Africa kicks at goal during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
South Africa's wing JP Pietersen misses a pass during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Scotland's flanker Josh Strauss catches a line out ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
Willie Le Roux of South Africa kicks clear during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
South Africa players huddle as they warm up prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A South Africa fan looks on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A Scottish rugby fan sits in wears Saltire flags on his head as he awaits the start of a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS
South Africa fans before the World Cup match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION .
Paul Perez of Samoa scores his teams first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Akihito Yamada of Japan scores his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Japan's wing Akihito Yamada (L) scores a try during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Samoa and Japan at stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London on October 3, 2015.
Akihito Yamada of Japan scores his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa is tackled by Harumichi Tatekawa of Japan during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Akihito Yamada of Japan makes a break during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Japanese rugby fans gather at a public viewing to watch the Rugby World Cup match against Samoa at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGIKAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images
Samoa's fly half Tusi Pisi (L) passes the ball during a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Samoa and Japan at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER
Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa is tackled during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Japan fans arrive at the stadium prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A young Japan fan sits with his father prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Samoa and Japan at Stadium mk on October 3, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Kane Douglas of Australia (r) hits a tackle pad held by Matt Toomua of Australia during the Australia Captain's Run ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham Stadium on October 2, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

England became the worst performing hosts in World Cup history thanks to a 33-13 defeat to Australia at Twickenham that will most likely cost coach Stuart Lancaster his job.

Bernard Foley's two tries and 18 points with the boot shattered errant England's hopes, with Owen Farrell's late sin-binning confirming head coach Lancaster's nightmare scenario.

Australia's largest-ever Twickenham victory over England ensured both they and Wales progress to the quarter-finals from Pool A, while England's bid for World Cup glory lasted all of 16 days.

Australia pegged England into their own 22 in a bid to stem the resistance but Nick Phipps' wayward pass allowed Ford to fly-hack clear.

The Wallabies killed the ball at the resulting ruck amid blind panic and Farrell duly posted the points to leave Australia leading 20-13.

Just when England thought they had a lifeline, replacement Sam Burgess produced a high tackle on Hooper off the ball.

In the same melee Farrell hit Matt Giteau off the ball too and the Saracens 10 was sin-binned for his crude challenge.

Referee Romain Poite and Television Match Official Shaun Veldsman reviewed the sequence at length but opted not to take any action against Burgess.

Foley slotted the penalty to restore Australia's 10-point advantage, with England reduced to 14 men for the rest of the match.

Australia's unerring fly-half posted his fourth goal moments later, following another potent Wallabies scrum.

Toulon star Giteau raced in at the death to add insult to injury as Australia wrapped up their rout.

Foley nailed the touchline conversion to boot, to leave captain Chris Robshaw, coach Lancaster and England floored.

So Lancaster's reign as England coach must now be viewed as an abject failure.

And more than ever, the refusal to select overseas-based players, most notably Steffon Armitage, was brutally exposed.

Toulon's groundhog flanker Armitage is the only English forward who could mix it with Hooper and Pocock at the breakdown - and he was left kicking his heels on the Cote d'Azur.

Lancaster and company will be wringing their hands in pain but have only themselves to blame for an utterly catastrophic campaign.

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