What do England need to reach Rugby World Cup quarter-finals? Steve Borthwick's side on brink of securing place in last eight

England are on the brink of securing a place in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup. 

Steve Borthwick's side have won all three of their games at the showpiece tournament and sit nine points clear at the top of Pool D. 

England have already beaten arguably their two toughest opponents

Opening wins against Argentina and Japan were followed by a 71-0 demolition of Chile last Saturday. 

And that form has put England one step away from booking a place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals…

What do England need to reach the quarter-finals?

England need to win one more game to reach the quarter-finals. 

In fact, they can even secure progress from Pool D with a losing bonus point. 

This means England can lose by seven points or less and still move through to the knockout stages.

Therefore qualification is all but complete ahead of Borthwick's side's clash against Samoa on Saturday, October 7. 

If England do book their place in the final eight of the tournament, they are likely to come up against Wales, Australia or Fiji

They are set to win their pool, meaning they will face whoever comes second in Pool C out of those three teams.

A place in the quarter-final is one win away

Wales are in pole position at the moment with Fiji and Australia currently the most likely opponents for England.

Elsewhere in England’s pool, Samoa, Japan and Argentina are all competing for second place.

Borthwick’s side have seemingly ran away with top spot after performing above pre-tournament expectations.

And that is going to benefit them when it comes to the quality of team they face in the quarter-finals.