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England are on the cusp of Rugby World Cup glory for the first time since 2003 as they lock horns with South Africa in Saturday's final.

Eddie Jones' men will have the chance for revenge after the Springboks beat them 15-6 in the Paris final of 2007, and while England are seen as favourites for the showdown, South Africa still pose a huge threat and are not to be taken lightly. 

Sportsmail's Nik Simon breaks down the form of both teams, ahead of the pivotal clash, from the tough tackling of Sam Underhill to the footwork of Cheslin Kolbe.

Eddie Jones' England face a stern test against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final

Eddie Jones' England face a stern test against South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final

England 

ELLIOT DALY AGE: 27 CAPS: 38 

Arcing runs could catch out heavy-footed Boks. 7.5

ANTHONY WATSON AGE: 25 CAPS: 41 

Back to his best after career-threatening achilles injury. 8

MANU TUILAGI AGE: 28 CAPS: 39 

Finally fulfilling his box-office potential on the big stage.

OWEN FARRELL (c) AGE: 28 CAPS: 78 

One typically aggressive display from being World Cup pin-up. 8

England captain Owen Farrell will offer an aggressive style of play against the Springboks

England captain Owen Farrell will offer an aggressive style of play against the Springboks

JONNY MAY AGE: 29 CAPS: 51 

Hunting more tries against a potentially leaky Bok back three. 8

GEORGE FORD AGE: 26 CAPS: 64 

Kicking game could break up the Boks’ tight forward strategy. 8.5

BEN YOUNGS AGE: 30 CAPS: 94 

Must maintain speed to negate heavy opposition counter-rucking. 8

MAKO VUNIPOLA AGE: 28 CAPS: 57 

Prepared for the tournament’s biggest set-piece battle. 8

JAMIE GEORGE AGE: 29 CAPS: 44 

Talented hooker has so much final experience from Saracens. 8

KYLE SINCKLER AGE: 26 CAPS: 30 

Infectious energy, power and silky passes in contact area. 9

Prop Kyle Sinckler has had an excellent tournament and will give England energy and power

Prop Kyle Sinckler has had an excellent tournament and will give England energy and power

MARO ITOJE AGE: 25 CAPS: 33 

Such an effective force at the maul to force turnovers. 9

COURTNEY LAWES AGE: 30 CAPS: 80 

Selected because of his ability to chop-tackle big ball-carriers. 8

TOM CURRY

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