England vs South Africa Live:South Africa beat Wales on Sunday to secure their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, where they will face England in Yokohama on Saturday.
England will be favourites going into the showpiece, as they were able to dominate defending champions New Zealand for long spells in their semi-final. Manager Eddie Jones would have been delighted with the team’s performance in that eye-catching 19-7 win.
South Africa have performed brilliantly to make it this far, though, and will be buoyed by their narrow 19-16 win against the Welsh. The Springboks also emerged victorious when these two sides met in the final of the competition back in 2007.
Here are the details for what should be a fascinating occasion on Saturday, as these two heavyweights face off for the biggest prize in the sport.
Date: Saturday, 2 November
Time: 9 a.m. (GMT), 5 a.m. (ET), 6 p.m. (Local)
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
Having won the last two World Cups and shone at the current edition of the tournament, New Zealand were rightly favourites again for this year’s title. It’s testament to the England team that they were able to tame the All Blacks so effectively on Saturday.
Here are the highlights from an absorbing semi-final, in which England booked their first final appearance for 12 years:
The foundation for England’s excellent win was their defensive play, as they prevented New Zealand’s array of talented attacking players from establishing any sort of rhythm in the contest.
Maro Itoje was colossal for his side, with his tackling and lineout work a key building block for the team. He was supported by the imperious Sam Underhill, who covered an astonishing amount of ground to keep New Zealand at bay.
Oliver Holt of the Mail on Sunday reflected on what was a significant result for English sport as a whole:
Throughout the tournament, South Africa have been able to make progress with their physical brand of rugby and that was on show again in their last-four clash.
At times, the match descended into an all-kicking affair, but when it came to the breakdown and the scrum, South Africa always looked to have an edge. After the match, their head coach Rassie Erasmus pointed out that England are familiar opponents for his side:
When is England vs South Africa?
England vs South Africa will take place on Saturday, November 2.
Kick-off is at 9am UK time – 11am in South Africa and 6pm in Japan.
It is being played at the Yokohama International Stadium – the same venue where Brazil beat Germany in the 2002 football World Cup final
What TV channel is England vs South Africa on and can I live stream it?
England vs South Africa will be live on ITV1 in the UK.
Coverage is set to start at 8am.
To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub or create an account on TV Player.
SuperSport is the Rugby World Cup broadcaster in South Africa.
How do I watch England vs South Africa for free?
ITV1, the ITV Hub and TV Player are all free for UK viewers.
But whichever option you choose, you must have a valid TV
The eyes of the world will be on Yokohama, Japan come Saturday morning as England go head-to-head with South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.
It’s a repeat of the 2007 showpiece, where the Springboks beat the then reigning world champions 15-6, with five penalties scored to their opposition’s two. A reverse of that fixture would see England win their second world title, while South Africa are aiming for their third.
Eddie Jones’s England go into the biggest fixture of their careers as bookies’ favourites, having beaten New Zealand – champions of the past two tournaments and until last weekend unbeaten in 18 World Cup matches stretching back to 2007 – by 19 points to 7. South Africa, meanwhile, were defeated 23-13 by the same opposition in their first game of the pool stage.
Rassie Erasmus’s side go into the final as the tournament’s current top scorers – with 230 points to their opponents’ 178, including a competition-high 31 tries – though they have played an extra game after England’s final pool stage tie against France was called off.