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

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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