Rugby World Cup: England & South Africa chase history

2019-11-02 at 05:28

Two-time winners South Africa will take on 2003 winners and favorites England in the finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Yokohama.

The finals of the will be played at the 72,000-seater Yokohama stadium from 1430 Sri Lanka time.

England head coach Eddie Jones has selected an unchanged team for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.

The only change to the squad that demolished New Zealand in last weekend’s semi-final is the appearance on the bench of scrum-half Ben Spencer, who replaces the injured Willi Heinz.

Otherwise Jones has kept faith with the players who produced arguably the greatest 80 minutes of English rugby history against the reigning world champions.

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has meanwhile made just one change to the starting XV that beat Wales in their semi-final.

Cheslin Kolbe has recovered from an ankle injury and is brought back on the wing in place of S’bu Nkosi.

Once again Erasmus has crammed his bench with forwards, selecting six out of the eight substitutes, an indication that South Africa will try and do to England what they have done to Japan and Wales in the knockout stages and batter them into submission.

Meanwhile yesterday, New Zealand secured the Bronze medal at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating Wales 40-17 in the third-place play-offs in Tokyo.