Schalk Brits, after an inspirational decade with Saracens, is arguably the Premiership’s greatest overseas player.
As an authoritative voice on the South African squad, Brits has opened up on the quirks of each of his team-mates
Here, he provides Sportsmail with a guide to his fellow Springboks ahead of facing England in Saturday's final...
Springboks legend Schalk Brits gives the lowdown on South Africa's squad ahead of the final
1. Tendai Mtawarira - PROP
Age: 34 Caps: 116
The 5th South African front-rower to play at three World Cups.
There’s a reason they call him ‘The Beast’. He’s one aggressive individual, yet off the field he’s a sweet character.
He carries hard, scrums hard and is uncompromising. This is one of his best years. He had to fight for his position and look where he is now.
Tendai Mtawarira is nicknamed 'The Beast' but is a completely different character off the pitch
2. Bongi Mbonambi - HOOKER
Age: 28 Caps: 35
Three World Cup tries from the back of the rolling maul. Yet to miss a tackle.
He is the cannonball man. Just runs head down into everything. He could go through walls! His skill-set has come on a huge amount and his work-rate is fantastic.
The cannonball just keeps coming. He’s a quiet person who gets on with his job, but he’s another one who switches from a quiet guy to an aggressor on the field.
'Cannonball' Bongi Mbonambi's work-rate is a major asset and his skill-set has also improved
3. Frans Malherbe - PROP
Age: 28 Caps: 37
At 6ft 3in he is the tallest prop in Saturday’s final.
The farmer. He’s a big boy. Gets on with his job. He’s a good guy — like most front-rowers. Very funny but very softly spoken.
If your tighthead doesn’t go forward, your scrum doesn’t go forward, so that says a lot about his capabilities. Our tightheads have been outstanding in this World Cup — that’s why they earn the big money!
Frans Malherbe is a dependable performer and has been hugely impressive at the World Cup
4. Eben Etzebeth - SECOND ROW
Age: 27 Caps: 84
He can bench-press 385lb (27½st)
He is our enforcer, our dominator. When things are tough, he is the bruiser in the middle of it all. That is Eben.
He enforces our physicality — if he goes back, our team goes back. He’s one strong individual. He loves the gym and loves his biceps! He’s a big bloke.
Eben Etzebeth enforces South Africa's physicality and is the bruiser in the middle of the action
5. Lood de Jager - SECOND ROW
Age: 26 Caps: 44
22nd start alongside Etzebeth — the third most-used Bok lock pair.
We give him a lot of stick, but he brings it on himself! He’s a special individual though. For a guy that size to get around the park like he does, carry and off-load is amazing.
He can play out the back and he’s just a very skilled player. Eben and Lood are our Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield.
Lood de Jager manages to deliver all-action performances for South Africa despite his size
6. Siya Kolisi - FLANKER
Age: 28 Caps: 49
Captain. Will be the 37th Springbok to hit the 50-cap mark.
Our capitano. To have a guy who has done what he has done, coming from where he was — in the Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth, where people are fighting for their next meal — is incredible.
He is an inspirational leader for us. There’s a bigger picture with Siya — he brings hope and is a role model for our country. He shows that if you really put heart and soul into something, you can make it happen. As a player he is under-rated. He carries well, tackles well and his work-rate is phenomenal.
South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi is an inspirational leader - he carries and tackles very well
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit - FLANKER
Age: 27 Caps: 54
Has made 50 tackles — more than any Springbok at this World Cup.
The silent assassin. He’s a workhorse who just keeps going hard. If you ask him to run through a brick wall, off he goes.
He doesn’t compromise, he doesn’t complain, he just keeps putting his body on the line. He’s exactly the sort of player that you want with you in a team.
Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit works extremely hard and is ready to put his body on the line
8. Duane Vermeulen - No 8
Age: 33 Caps: 53
Has averaged 4 metres per carry from 25 carries at this World Cup.
He is called ‘Thor’ after the Avengers character. They look very similar, but we tend to focus on the last Avengers where Thor is very fat! He’s a rock in