South Africa vs England: If one is to quibble, the bench is slightly imperfect. It would be nice to have a replacement scrum-half who has played a minute of this tournament and, perhaps, it would be ideal to have some specialist back-three cover, rather than two players whose best position is outside centre.
That betrays the fact that Jones’s gamble on Jack Nowell’s fitness has not quite worked. The Exeter wing, sadly, has played 11 minutes of rugby in five months.
Rugby World Cup Final 2019
Team : South Africa vs England
Date: Saturday, 2 November
Time: 9 a.m.(GMT),5 a.m.(ET),6 p.m.(Local)
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
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Therefore, South Africa know the feeling of beating England in the Rugby World Cup final and will be using that as inspiration ahead of this game. England are sure to be using their defeat to South Africa in that match as motivation to succeed and overcome South Africa to win their second Rugby World Cup.
This is going to be a momentous occasion in Japan with thousands watching inside the stadium and millions around the world. The question is, which team will come out on top? We take a look at both nations chances in our England vs South Africa betting tips and at the latest England vs South Africa betting odds.
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus was asked about England’s weaknesses and was left scratching his head.
“They are excellent in the line-outs, strong in the scrums, great at the breakdowns, strong ball carriers, speed on the wings, great aerially,” he said.
England are certainly not suddenly perfect, but Erasmus has a point about a team that has improved every week at this tournament. It is easy to see why Jones said today that England do not want the tournament to end.
Anthony Watson, so consistent all tournament, spoke on Thursday about how “this time last year I couldn’t lift my heel off the floor, I could barely walk without a limp”, following two Achilles tendon injuries.
Watson’s Bath team-mate Jonathan Joseph has suffered, too, while Mako Vunipola has struggled this year with injuries. Tom Curry and Sam Underhill were never fit together until this summer, while Kyle Sinckler has got over a calf problem this week and is now “absolutely buzzing” for Saturday.
Jones’s England have had many iterations, and the head coach has kissed a fair few frogs, but he has managed to pull the right players together at the right time. Best of all, perhaps, is their age. One member of the 23 is older than 30. The average age is 27.
“It’s a great credit to the players how hard they work, physically they are fit, they work hard on rehabbing their injuries,” Jones said. “The players have worked hard, we’ve got great medical staff, we’ve got great strength and conditioning staff, so the players are in great nick.”