Watch England vs South Africa Live Rugby World Cup 2019 Final

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England's day with destiny is here as they take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup Final. After dismantling New Zealand in the semi-finals, England come into the final as favourites to win - but have they peaked too soon?



Head coach Eddie Jones always said that he was building his England team for the 2019 World Cup and has now challenged his team to inspire the nation by toppling the Springboks in the biggest game of them all.

Regardless of what South Africa throw at them, England should emerge winners.

If they are able to scale the heights seen against New Zealand, they will fully justify their status as strong favourites.

The Springboks’ greatest asset is their pack, but the English eight are even more formidable, bristling with aggression and bursting with skills.

The half-backs are brilliantly matched and so too the midfields, but England have greater threats across the back three.

It will be a test of Red Rose psychology as much as anything and, with Jones having pushed the right buttons throughout the World Cup so far, there is no reason to doubt they will rise to the occasion.

Ahead of what will undoubtedly be the biggest game of every England player’s career to date, they can take to the turf safe in the knowledge they have widespread support from back home.

Stars from across a host of sports have been wishing the rugby players well ahead of the clash with South Africa, with messages coming in from football, tennis, golf and cricket.

And it seems even some overseas sporting personalities have also thrown their weight behind England’s efforts to triumph this weekend.

Among them are England football manager Gareth Southgate and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

England take on South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, and the whole country will be cheering them on.

After six weeks and 46 matches, the final will be held at Yokohama International Stadium in Japan.

As well as thousands of excited fans from both sides, the players’ family, friends, wives and girlfriends will be nervously watching on as the team give it everything they’ve got to win the title for the second time in history.

England boss Eddie Jones is said to be pretty relaxed when it comes to his guys mixing with their loved ones during the tournament, so many of the rugby WAGs have been by their sides throughout.

Jonny Wilkinson offered drop-goal guidance to Owen Farrell as England put the finishing touches to preparations for Saturday’s World Cup final against South Africa.

Wilkinson was present for the week’s last training session at Tokyo’s Fuchu Asahi Football Park on the eve of the Springboks clash at International Stadium Yokohama.

Dressed in a grey T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and orange boots, he watched and gave advice as Farrell and Ben Youngs practised drop-goals in expectation of a tight encounter between the sport’s top two ranked teams.

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