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When Is The Rugby World Cup Final?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup Final is the biggest match in rugby. Here’s what you need to know.

England v South Africa

Date – Saturday 2 November 2019

Kick-off – 9.00am (GMT)

Arena – International Stadium, Yokohama

England got to the final thanks to victories over Australia and New Zealand in the knockout stages, whereas South Africa beat hosts Japan and then Wales to book their place in the final.

Should South Africa win, they will be the first team to lift the trophy having lost earlier in the tournament, the Springboks going down 23-13 to New Zealand on the opening weekend.

What Happened Four Years Ago?

Held in England at Twickenham, the final four years ago featured two traditional rivals: New Zealand and Australia.

The All Blacks completely dominated the first half, assembling a 16-3 lead heading into the break. This grew even further when Ma’a Nonu scored a try in the 42nd minute to stretch the lead to 21-3.

The Wallabies then had a lifeline as Ben Smith got sin-binned for tip-tackling Drew Mitchell. In that ten minutes David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani both scored tries to narrow the gap to 21-17. With ten to go it was all to play for.

All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter, who had had terrible luck in major tournaments thanks to injuries, was not to be denied as he coolly slotted a drop-goal and a penalty to widen the gap to 27-17.

Beauden Barrett put the icing on the cake with a try in the final minute to complete the tournament win. This was the first time that a team had won the trophy twice in a row.

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