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Springboks to empty the tank in World Cup final



Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says they will not be satisfied by a World Cup final appearance when they face England in Yokohama on Saturday.

In a repeat of the 2007 final the Boxing take on Eddie Jones ’England, who have progressed through the tournament unbeaten and could do a‘ grand slam ’of the southern-hemisphere nations, having beaten Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

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The Boxing World Cup after the Rugby Championship and losing the opening match. Given where the Springboxing were at the end of 2017, it has been a remarkable rise to the World Cup final, but Erasmus says his team are desperate to finish the job.

‘Getting to this stage is not enough for this team,’ Erasmus said.

Champions World Champions – something that would mean so much to our country and our people. We know the excitement that there is a home on a lunchtime in South Africa. There’s a huge weight of expectation.

‘We may not be favorites but these players will leave nothing in the tank. We know how the wins in 1995 and 2007 lifted the country – even if it was momentarily. We want to give South Africa that experience once again. ’

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Shit captain Siya Koli has the opportunity to follow the footsteps of Francois Pienaar and John Smit. It would be achieved on the occasion of his 50th cap – Pienaar did it on 21st appearance and Smit on his 74th.

‘It’s a great achievement for Siya,’ Erasmus said.

Spring Any Springbok captain carries a heavy load – probably doubly so in Siya’s case – and he has really risen to the occasion over the past two years.

One No one is hiding from the significance of that trophy on behalf of this team and South Africa. But first and foremost on Saturday, this is a rugby match that we’re only focused on winning. ’

Cheslin Kolbe replacing Sbu Nkosi. The rest of the match-day 23 in the semi-finals of Wales.

‘Chessie is fully fit and ready to go,’ Erasmus said.

’It’s tough on Sbu to drop out of the 23 altogether but, like the other seven, non-playing squad members – and the two injured players back home [Trevor Nyakane and Jesse Kriel] – he has made vital contributions to our campaign.

'But we have been developing some momentum through the tournament, which has come from consistency, and even though we know there are things that we do. '

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