South Africa and England have stuck with continuity with their team selection ahead of the eagerly anticipated Rugby World Cup final.
England’s starting XV is unchanged despite some players carrying some knocks from the semi-final. The only change to the 23 is on the bench as Ben Spencer, who only arrived in Japan this week takes up the spot as reserve scrumhalf for the injured Willi Heinz.
For the Springboks, the only change is the return of Cheslin Kolbe who has recovered from his ankle injury and slots back into the no. 14 jersey in place of Sbu Nkosi who drops out of the matchday 23.
Rassie Erasmus has opted for another 6-2 split on the bench as he aims to try and match the English physicality that was the difference a week ago against the All Blacks. The Springboks will certainly have their hands full if they are to keep the likes of Sam Underhill, Tom Curry and Maro Itoje quiet and allow their backline to get into the game.
Eddie Jones meanwhile, has resisted the temptation to shuffle his midfield to compensate for the physicality of the Springboks midfield with Owen Farrell kept at inside centre and George Ford retained at flyhalf. This could be a potential area to exploit with De Allende in great form and Pollard a more than capable ball carrier.
Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn.
England – 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Subs: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jonathan Joseph.