2 Nov 2019

As it happened - Rugby World Cup Final: England vs South Africa

11:57 pm on 2 November 2019

Rugby World Cup final - South Africa have claimed the title of World Championsafter defeating England 32-12. See how the game unfolded with updates with Matt Chatterton

Match info

The final is being played at the same venue as the semifinals - International Stadium in Yokohama.

International Stadium is 40 kilometres south of downtown Tokyo and seats 72,327 people and.

The Springboks have played two matches at International Stadium - losing to the All Blacks in their tournament opener, as well as their win over Wales in the semifinals.

England, meanwhile, have only played once at International Stadium, beating the All Blacks in the semifinals.

Frenchman Jerome Garces will officiate his first Rugby World Cup final on Saturday and will be assisted by compatriot Romain Poite and Ben O'Keeffe from New Zealand. Ben Skeen will be the Television Match Official.

Kickoff is at 6pm local time which is 10pm New Zealand time.

French referee Jerome Garces.

Frenchman Jerome Garces will referee his first Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. Photo: Photosport

How to watch the Rugby World Cup final

The match will be shown live on Spark Sport and TVNZ1, and liveblogged by RNZ.

The teams

England have named an unchanged line up that faced the All Blacks in the semifinals, while South Africa have welcomed back the return of electric winger Cheslin Kolbe for the final.

Kolbe is the only change to the Springbok side that beat Wales the week before.

England matchday 23

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 (captain)

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 matchday 23

1. Tendai Mtawarira

2. Mbongeni Mbonambi

3. Frans Malherbe

4. Eben Etzebeth

5. Lood de Jager

6. Siya Kolisi (captain)

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. Willie 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

South Africa's wing Cheslin Kolbe runs to score a try  during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Italy.

Wing Cheslin Kolbe returns to the Springboks starting lineup for the final against England. Photo: AFP

What the coaches have said

It was a quieter week for England coach Eddie Jones compared to last.

After accusing someone of spying on his camp ahead of the semifinal against the All Blacks, Jones took a lighter tone in the lead up to the final.

"It has been a good week, the players have been together a while now so it's less about the volume of training, it's more about sharpening the sword," Jones said.

"We know the physical part of the game is going to be important and the players will go into this game well prepared knowing how we want to play. We will go and play with no fear.

"South Africa will probably play a similar type of game they have played all tournament so we need be good in the arm wrestle and when we have the opportunities to break the game up, we are then confident and composed enough to take them."

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus.

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Photosport

As for Erasmus, Saturday night will be his last in charge of the Springboks as his tenure that started in 2018 comes to a close.

"For me, it's an emotional one in the sense that I didn't think 25 Test matches will go that quickly.

"The moment you get hands-on with the Springboks again, the adrenaline starts pumping and you get back into the mould and it's a totally different feeling.

"It's wonderful to be here. It's sad that there are only three days left and then it's all over."

For both coaches, a win in Yokohama would top off a remarkable four-year turnaround for either side.

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