England and South Africa face off in the Rugby World Cup Final Live this Saturday on FOX Sports.
Greg Clark will call both the Final and Friday’s third-place playoff between New Zealand and Wales from Japan with RWC winners George Gregan, Phil Kearns, Tim Horan, and Rod Kafer proving expert comments.
FOX Sports will cover every angle with an hour of pre and post-match insight and analysis from former Wallabies Justin Harrison and Stephen Hoiles, alongside hosts Kieran Gilbert, Nick McArdle, and former England International turned world rugby journalist Stuart Barnes.
England sit as favourites to win the coveted trophy that their countryman, William Webb Ellis, is named after. However, they must contend with the physicality and size of South Africa in what’s shaping to be an epic fixture against the Springboks
On England’s side will be Australia’s Eddie Jones, who guided them to a famous semi-final victory over the All Blacks last week, while South Africa scraped past Wales, thanks largely to the boot of star flyhalf Handré Pollard and prowess of halfback Faf de Clerk.
Rod Kafer’s RWC 2019 Final Preview
England vs South Africa
England: “England’s greatest challenge is getting out of their own way in order to not beat themselves. They have all of the attributes of previous Rugby World Cup winners: uncompromising defence, inventive attack, a multi-faceted kicking game, brilliant goal kickers, strong scrum and line out, try scoring backs – with all of those elements their greatest enemy is within.
“Warren Gatland’s warning of the ardour of semi-finals in previous Rugby World Cup’s remains the single biggest threat to England. Eddie ‘the boss’ Jones smacked it down beautifully in the press conference during the week, however I am certain he knows the truism in the warning. After having left every ounce on the pitch last week against the All Blacks, do England have the buoyance to stay afloat and dip once more into the well and defeat a deliberate, if somewhat limited, Springboks?
“England will be prepared as well as any team has been prepared to play a final. If they can get back to last week’s intensity, they win comfortably. However, I am not certain that they can. History is a great teacher, and I have seen teams dip deep late in tournaments and find themselves with nothing to draw on the following week. England found a bigger hole than any other last week and came out the other side, but at some cost. England are not spent but the result will be closer than many think.
“England by 4, 19-15.”
South Africa: “The draw provided the opportunity for South Africa to progress through to the final – well played. They have big match capability with a game plan built around forward dominance, a backline prepared to kick more than any other team in the competition, and yet some may wonder whether they truly deserve a place in the final.
“However, Rugby World Cups are competitions of attrition, high energy attacking rugby is great to watch, great to play, great to commentate on, but does not always win in the grind of a Rugby World Cup. The Springboks took the pragmatic approach, identified the attributes and skills they had at their disposal, and have played to them faultlessly.
The question that they will be answered on Saturday – ‘Is that enough to be the best team in the world and win the RWC?’ If the answer is ‘yes,’ then all power to coach Rassie Erasmus and his team, however I suspect they will find out they needed a little more against the world’s best, who will not gift the Springboks points and opportunities as others have.”
FOX Sports 503 and RWC 4K Ultra HD (Channel 499).
All times AEDT:
Fri, Nov 1
New Zealand vs Wales
Sat, Nov 2
England vs South Africa
10 will also screen the Final on Saturday.