England vs South Africa: England became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage of the World Cup, with a game in hand, after winning their opening three games of the pool stage. France became the second team to qualify for the last eight to complete the two teams that advanced out of Pool C. South Africa secured their spot in the quarter-finals after their final pool match victory over Canada. After the match cancellations, New Zealand confirmed their place in the quarter-finals as pool winners. Wales confirmed their place in the quarter-finals with a game in hand after their win over Fiji; that result also confirmed Australia’s advancement to the knock-out stage. Ireland secured their progression to the quarter-finals following their victory over Samoa in their final match. In the last pool stage match, home team Japan secured their top place in Pool A by beating Scotland and advanced to the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup history.
RUGBY WORLD CUP FINAL
England vs South Africa
Date&Time: Saturday, November 02, 5.00am ET.
Channels: Fox Sports, NBC
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama
Eddie Jones’s team have beaten Australia and New Zealand in sensational style on the past two Saturdays. If they can beat the Springboks, they will complete a year of triumph for English sport, following the cricketers’ remarkable World Cup win in July.
Jones has pulled together a team capable of winning the World Cup. The forwards are strong and the backs can pick a lock or punch a hole.
They may not have the experience of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, but they have their spirit and togetherness and are on the verge of matching their achievement. They are 80 minutes from immortality.
ENGLAND: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Lawes; Curry, B Vunipola, Underhill.REPLACEMENTS: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Wilson, Spencer, Slade, Joseph.
SOUTH AFRICA: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk; Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (capt), Du Toit, Vermeulen.
REPLACEMENTS: Marx, Kitschoff, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn.
England are one win away from entering the history books as they battle South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
Eddie Jones’ men are favourites and unchanged after that stunning victory over the All Blacks in the semi-final while Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks are in Yokohama thanks to their narrow win against Wales. Subcribe Now