It has been a long lead-up to the Rugby World Cup Final this Saturday, 2 November, and the Springboks are counting on the hopes of millions of local fans and a stroke of World Cup history to help them etch their names onto the William Webb Ellis Cup.
After defeating host country Japan in the quarter-finals, and Wales in a rather lacklustre semi-final performance, the Boks will face the English Lions, who well and truly pummelled the reigning World Cup champions, the All Blacks, in their own semi-final game.
Head Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has announced a squad that is largely unchanged from the team that took on Wales in the semi-final, save for the inclusion of star right-wing Cheslin Kolbe, who makes a return in the final after being injured in the match against Japan. It’ll be an exceptionally special match day for Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi, who will play his 50th test match, in addition to also leading the Boks on the field for the 20th time.
The Boks go into the final having only lost a single match this year, and after also claiming victory in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship earlier in 2019.
South Africa is now at number 2 in the official rankings, and just more than two points behind the team that will be their rivals on Saturday.
The Springboks’ Rugby World Cup history may just repeat itself on the 2nd, should fate smile upon the national squad. The Boks last tasted World Cup glory 12 years ago in 2007, after securing their first RWC win 12 years prior, during the iconic 1995 World Cup.
Local fans will be elated to know that the South African National broadcaster, the SABC, has also announced that the RWC final match will be broadcast live on SABC 2.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup final kicks off at 11.00AM local time. Here’s sending all the positive Mzansi vibes to Yokohama – go Bokke!