Brodie Retallick From a 6ft 8in giant to a man nicknamed The Beast: Meet the England & South Africa players set to collide in Rugby World Cup final

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Rugby union is one of the most physically demanding sports on earth and it is of little surprise that the the teams who meet in this Saturday’s World Cup Final are two of the most physically imposing in the sport.

Despite the impact of Typhoon Hagibis which played havoc with some of the group fixtures (and perhaps dependent on your personal international rugby loyalties), it is difficult to say that the 2019 iteration of the Rugby World Cup hasn’t been a rousing success. 

Host nation Japan have embraced the event wholeheartedly, with rugby appearing to grow exponentially in popularity over the course of the six-week tournament. But as the festival of rugby approaches its climax with Saturday’s final between England and South Africa, who among those teams are most equipped to come out on top of what will be an intensely bruising battle in Yokohama?

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England’s appearance in the final marks the first time in competition history that a team which was eliminated in the group stages four years prior has advanced to a final, and this is a statistic that their coach Eddie Jones will no doubt be buoyed by.

Jones, who masterminded Japan’s impossible win against South Africa four years ago, was drafted in to right English rugby after they failed miserably under the stewardship of Stuart Lancaster as hosts in 2015. 

Since then Jones has instilled a new physicality into English rugby, mixing brains and brawn to present a powerhouse team with no shortage of guile. 

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Maro Itoje

Itoje, 25, delivered an outstanding performance in England’s semi-final victory against New Zealand last weekend, thoroughly outworking former World Player of the Y

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