Watch England vs South Africa 2019 RWC Final live and free
The William Webb Ellis Trophy is there for the taking. Will England or South Africa win it?
While it wasn't the most unlikely scenario there still would've been very few that had England vs South Africa competing in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final. Though that's now the case, so it's a replay of the 2007 RWC Final that South Africa won.
They now have the chance to complete what they're calling the first ever "Southern Slam". This can be achieved by defeating South Africa in the final, after already knocking off Southern Hemisphere teams Australia and New Zealand.
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When does the England vs South Africa RWC Final start?
The final will kick off at 8pm AEDT on 2 November.
How to watch the England vs South Africa Rugby World Cup Final
The Rugby World Cup Final can be watched on free-to-air TV, pay TV and online in Australia. England vs South Africa will be broadcast by free-to-air provider Channel 10 on both its standard and HD channel.
Pay TV provider Foxtel has the game available in 4K quality for iQ4 subscribers. Kayo Sports will have England vs Springboks available to live stream in HD. See our guide on how to watch the Rugby World Cup which explores your viewing options in depth.
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Where is the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final being played?
The Rugby World Cup Final will take place at International Stadium Yokohama, Japan. This is the same venue that hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.
Who will win England vs South Africa?
There seems to be some recency bias doing the rounds as England will start as rather convincing favourites. It must be considered though, that emulating last week's remarkable performance would be extremely difficult.
England goes in with the youngest ever team to start in the Rugby World Cup Final but not the least experienced. So while last week's stakes were extremely high, they did the job.
Maybe now being on the big stage as favourites will see some nerves enter the side. I mean we did see this happen for New Zealand after they pummelled Ireland in the quarter-finals.
South Africa will know they have to play far better than they did last week in order to win. What's important is that the South Africans are capable of doing so and have displayed good form throughout the tournament.
The Springboks enjoy grinding out victories. They rely on a tactical kicking game rather than testing their hand too much. If they can force England into some errors South Africa should go very close.
Key stats for England vs South Africa
- Springboks captain Siya Kolisi will captain South Africa for the 20th time and earn his 50th test cap.
- Eddie Jones has the best win rate of all time for an England coach at 80%.
- South Africa have scored and averaged more points than any other team during the RWC.
- England's Billy Vunipola has taken the most runs in the tournament between the two teams.
- Springboks winger Makazole Mapimpi has more clean breaks than anyone else on either team.
- England is yet to kick a drop goal during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
History of England vs South Africa
Since meeting in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final, South Africa have had the wood over England. The Springboks have won 8 of 12 matches following that. England has turned a corner though, taking out three of the last five fixtures.
The most recent meeting between them in November 2018 saw England win in a nailbiting 12-11 victory.
England vs South Africa team lists
England coach Eddie Jones had named an unchanged line-up, electing for the same 23 that took the fight to the All Blacks. This boded well for the English as the past three RWC winners all had unchanged teams for the final.
Unfortunately, since then reserve scrum half Willie Heinz has succumbed to a hamstring injury. Heinz has been replaced by Ben Spencer who has been sitting at home the entirety of the Rugby World Cup.
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has just one change. Cheslin Kolbe will start on the wing after recovering from an ankle injury. S'Busio Nkosi is the unlucky player to miss out on playing in Saturday's decider.
England Rugby World Cup Final team
1. Mako Vunipola
2. Jamie George
3. Kyle Sinckler
4. Maro Itoje
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Tom Curry
7. Sam Underhill
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Ben Youngs
10. George Ford
11. Jonny May
12. Owen Farrell (C)
13. Manu Tuilagi
14. Anthony Watson
15. Elliot Daly
16. Luke Cowan-Dickie
17. Joe Marler
18. Dan Cole
19. George Kruis
20. Mark Wilson
21. Ben Spencer
22. Henry Slade
23. Jonathan Joseph
South Africa Rugby World Cup Final team
1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Mbongeni Mbonambi
3. Frans Malherbe
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Lodweyk de Jager
6. Siya Kolisi (C)
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Faf de Klerk
10. Handre Pollard
11. Makazole Mapimpi
12. Damian de Allende
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Cheslin Kolbe
15. Wille Le Roux
16. Malcolm Marx
17. Steven Kitshoff
18. Vincent Koch
19. RG Snyman
20. Franco Mostert
21. Francois Louw
22. Herschel Jantjies
23. Frans Steyn
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