Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup final: England faces daunting task against South Africa

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England face the daunting task of trying to match or even improve upon their stunning win over New Zealand when they face South Africa in the World Cup final.

Eddie Jones’s men will head into Saturday’s showpiece in Yokohama as favourites after a superb 19-7 semifinal win ended the All Blacks’ bid for a third successive world title.

But South Africa are probably one of the few sides capable of repelling England in their current form, even if there was nothing pretty about the Springboks’ grinding 16-13 semifinal win over Wales.

England, whose starting XV is unchanged, appear to have the more balanced side.

A sound scrum and and lineout featuring the athletic Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje is supported by a back row where number eight Billy Vunipola is alongside “kamikaze kid” flankers Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, who have been superb at the breakdown in Japan.

Meanwhile dual playmakers George Ford and captain Owen Farrell will look to dictate terms and unleash a backline where tal

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