Major game predictions: Sportsmail experts make their choice for England & # 39; s World Cup Final against South Africa
All eyes will be on the World Cup Final between England and South Africa on Saturday.
The bookmakers have England as their favorite, but who of the Sportsmail experts will lift the Webb Ellis trophy?
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD
England 20 South Africa 12
I'm going for an eight-point win, but it may need a major defensive effort in the last 10 minutes, with South Africa besieging the English line.
England 15 South AfricaA 9
Eddie Jones held on to the same team that the All Blacks defeated and I think it will have the perfect balance to match with So Africa's physicality and stretch them during an attack.
England 28 South Africa 17
Not many World Cup finals score very high, but this English team only needs a few sniffing opportunities to score.
England 24 South Africa 15
England are justifiably favorites. Although the Springboks have formidable power at their disposal, Eddie Jones & # 39; s side has that too, and they also have more variety in their offensive repertoire. The World Cup final is often a low score and this competition can be a typical arm wrestling.
Tom Curry and Sam Underhill will cut down the Springbok sky like oak to provide the platform for a famous English victory.
England 21 South Africa 15
England is the best team and should win again – but this could be closest to the party when the pressure is on. No extra time required.
AC Milan: Donnarumma, Duarte, Musacchio (Calabria 45), Romagnoli , Hernandez, Kessie, Bennacer, Paqueta (Bonaventura 88), Calhanoglu, Piatek, Castillejo (Suso 57)
Reina, Conti, Gabbia, Biglia, Krunić, Borini, Leo, Rebić
Targets : Suso 63
Booked: Duarte, Donnarumma, Calhanoglu, Bennacer
SPAL: Berisha, Cionek, Vicari, Tomovic, Strefezza (Room 82), Murgia, Missiroli (Valoti 71), Kurtic, Reca (Paloschi 82), Petagna, Floccari
Subs Not used: Igor, Valdifiori, Moncini, Thiam, Letica, Philip, Salamon, Cannistra, Mastrilli
Booked: Floccari, Vicari, Kurtic
& # 39; There were two or three days where I was very dark & # 39 ;: English star Anthony Watson hopes to complete a miracle return from injury hell with Rugby World Cup triumph against South Africa
- Anthony Watson was outside for 13 months after he had torn his Achilles last year
- The winger admitted that he had a & # 39; very dark & # 39; went through his nightmare
- A victory in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday will make the pain worthwhile for Watson
Watson tore his achilles last year and was sidelined for 13 months, when his prospects of being fit for the World Cup looked bleak. Now the Lions star has dried its eyes and is ready to begin flying against the Springboks with his proud parents and brother to the end.
& # 39; After the 13 months I've had – last year this time I couldn't lift my heel off the floor, I could barely walk without limping – I was very grateful for the moment I was there and then. I tried to lie and say that my eye was bleeding!
"In particular there were two or three days where I was very dark, considering whether I could ever run at the same speed, change direction and things like that. Those days were very hard. I was lucky to have a very strong support group of friends and family. I appreciate the position we are taking this week, but it makes no sense unless we win. & # 39;
Watson will face a Springbok back three with pocket rocket Cheslin Kolbe, who has been described as a modern day Shane Williams. The back three of England also braced themselves for an air raid, after seeing scrum-half terrorizing Faf from Klerk Wales with a ruthless box-kick game.
& # 39; We spoke about the kick game from Ferk van Klerk and Handre Pollard & # 39; Watson said. "But Faf is a great sniper around the ruck and Handre can bring the ball to the line and also carry it, so there's more to their game than just kicking.
" And Cheslin and Makazole Mapimpi, if you give those guys have too much space they can create. It is important for us, defensively, to know what we can do to eliminate those threats. We have been through a lot this week, so it's only about now. & # 39;
Eddie Jones has urged his players to take a life-changing opportunity ahead of them at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday
The national coach made a statement of conviction by appointing an unchanged team and then issued a declaration of intent to electroplate his team for the final phase of their global conquest mission.
Jones continued to emphasize a & # 39; no fear & mantra while talking about his young team going to the World Cup Final against South Africa
It is his intention to ensure that this greatest of all rugby occasions inspires them rather than inhibits them. This was Jones in his Mr. Motivator element, using all his charisma and skills as an orator to convey the message that the defining event ahead of us is one to enjoy.
& # 39; We will play without fear, & # 39; he said. "How fantastic is it for the young group of guys we have? Every sporty person watches the game. Saturday night is the biggest sporting event in the world – and our players can play in that arena. What an exciting opportunity to be themselves, to play with spirit, to play with pride and in English style. & # 39;
Jones, warming up his press-spreading theme, discussed tomorrow the possible branches of ultimate glory. It would be life-changing for the players, coaches and staff. And for the sport in the country, it would be a boost of a generation, as it was when England won the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003.
& # 39; They can now inspire an entire country, & # 39; said Jones. "They can inspire the sports community. That's the chance they have and all the messages we've seen in England show that there is a bit of rugby fever going on. Mothers tell kids, "Play rugby, be the next Kyle Sinckler, be the next Ellis Genge" – that's the chance they have.
& It changes how the country thinks about itself. It can change again at the next general election, but for a period of time it changes how people think about themselves. That is the greatest joy.
"Again, when I look back at Japan and look at the growth of rugby in Japan compared to what we did in 2015, it is spectacular. People in Japan now love rugby, not before. You have the ability to change people's lives by playing rugby, it's a gift. & # 39;
Rassie Erasmus, the head coach of Springboks, talked about his lucky shirt after his team's semi-final win over Wales. Jones does not have one, despite admitting being moderately superstitious. He has two bracelets on his left wrist and when asked what they stand for, he said: "One from Oita, one from Miyazaki. Fighting spirit. & # 39;
That's what he wants and needs from his team tomorrow – fighting spirit. For the Australian quarter final in Oita, Jones compared his players to the legendary Japanese samurai fighters. Those qualities of courage and cruelty will be vital against the powerful, aggressive Boks.
& I know how much South Africa enjoys rivalry with England & # 39 ;, said the head coach who 12 years ago in the other camp was for the same match between the same teams. "I know how deep their feelings are and part of it is historical. We know what to expect from South Africans.
"Rivalry runs deep between countries. It is always the social context of the game that makes it interesting – that is the beauty of international rugby. But we are about ourselves. We do not need extra motivation. The players have the right focus. They are relaxed and ready to go. & # 39;
This final is announced as a confrontation between super powers; a clash between & # 39; the world's most powerful national teams. So much of the narrative pre-match was about how imposing and formidable South Africans are, but that physicality is also an important feature of Jones & England.
Asked if he always wanted his team to play the way they play now, he said: & it evolves. One of the best conversations. He said that every coach has an idea of how they want to play the game, then you get your squadron, the cultural context of your squadron and you decide what form you can play.
& # 39; I always have an idea of how I wanted to play. I wanted to develop a powerful style of rugby because England has tough, big players. It suited us to play a power style and we will be tested on Saturday as we play against the other most powerful team in the world.
& # 39; The players are proud of the style they play and they know it is their style. It is not someone else's style.
& # 39; They have evolved the tactics with which they play and they own the game. So they are really proud of how they play. & # 39;
Shortly after he took over England in 2016, Jones stated that his ambition was to be himself & # 39; unnecessary by making a strong, resilient, independent, self-sufficient squad. He stated yesterday: & # 39; I am now almost superfluous. & # 39;
Almost, but not entirely. His players will draw comfort and confidence from his same selection, and from his words of praise, encouragement and enthusiasm for the opportunity that awaits them.
Thanks to Jones, Owen Farrell and Co cannot be inhibited, but inspired.
THE SECRET SCOUT: Marc Guehi of Chelsea is a mountain from a center ridge that immediately showed leadership … he has the potential to become a class player
- The Secret Scout brought Chelsea-younger Marc Guehi to the attention
- Guehi is a mountain with a mid-back that is well built to meet challenges
- The 19-year-old valued at £ 2.5 million showed immediate leadership skills
- Frank Lampard must already know the power and quality of this young man
Our scout is a top expert who attends competitions every week looking for the next star.
This week they give Sportsmail a low point on the 19-year-old Chelsea in the middle back of MARC GUEHI, which is valued for £ 2.5 million.
This is why the youngster, who has two performances for English giants Chelsea, attracts the attention of many …
] WHAT HAS HE GOT?
I'm not surprised that Frank Lampard has confidence in Marc Guehi to give him chances for the first team in the League Cup this season.
Chelsea has an abundance of excellent young talent – the club has attracted the best schoolboys – and has appointed a manager who has put his faith in their excellent youth.
Such a player is this mountain from the middle back. Well built physically to meet the challenges that come his way, Guehi has quickly progressed through the ranks in Chelsea and the Ivory Coast-born teenager has already caught the attention of England's youth teams.
Sitting on the right side of his centerback partner, he showed immediate leadership.
He covered well, and never hesitated to give his teammate some depth when he challenged the opponent in the air against the attacker. He also showed good speed to cover when he had to copy with a curved ball through the channel.
Guehi is also impressive in the sky. He got up to get two crosses out of the box and went not only high and far away, but also wide to the opposite flank, giving the defense time to adjust.
He seemed to be communicating well with his teammates, whether deep under pressure or holding a high line and showing his impressive recovery speeds. He has the potential to be a class player, helped by his attitude that looks perfect.
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
Guehi clearly enjoys making a tackle but he was pulled up twice for mistimed challenges. However, these were rare errors and I got the impression that the attacker did not like to play against him.
He likes a crossfield ball and showed a large number of steps, but he has to be careful not to exaggerate this weapon. He succeeded accurately and was not too & # 39; showy & # 39 ;.
The competition is so close to Chelsea now that I assume Lampard will send him on loan to develop, but the Chelsea manager must already know the strength and quality of this young man, who is destined for a beautiful career.
Gerard Pique wants to expand the Davis Cup final to 24 teams in two weeks as a Barcelona star – whose company bankrolls event – & # 39; World Cup of Tennis & # 39; wants to create
- The company of Gerard Pique Kosmos offers enormous financial support for event
- He has talked about a & # 39; long-term & # 39; ; project to extend to two weeks and 24 teams
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Gerard Pique has revealed that he wants to expand the Davis Cup final of a two-week event with 24 teams.
The first edition of the controversial new format, in which 18 teams will play for the trophy for a week, will take place next month in Caja Magica in Madrid.
Barcelona Defend Pique's Kosmos company has provided tremendous financial support for the event and persuaded the International Tennis Federation to take over the plans despite the huge opposition from some players and fans.The vision of Gerard Pique is to world cup tennis with 24 teams competing
Pike and the ITF hope to move the event from its current position in the calendar, and the Spaniard has now revealed that it is also intended to take it out to expand.
He told Cadena SER: & # 39; It is a long-term project. It is the tennis world cup and the idea is to go to a competition of two weeks and 24 teams over time. & # 39;
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headed a generally strong list of team selections announced last week.
The absence is striking is Roger Federer, who since the footballer was involved in something from a long-distance war of words with Pique.Barcelona Defender's Kosmos company provides financial support for the eventRoger Federer is a notable absentee after he disagreed with the plans of Pique
Pike gave in a certain city ium indicated that the organizers wanted to occupy the slot machine in September by Federer's Laver Cup, which had its third edition this year. R.
Asked if he had thought to call Federer, Pique said, "No , I have always wanted to respect the process.
"First we spoke to his agent about the possibility of Switzerland (playing) in 2020. He said he would send a formal letter to Roger. They sent us the letter and we were surprised by its content.
& # 39; They see the Davis Cup as a small competition compared to its competition, I do not know if it will ever play in the Davis Cup, but we are very happy with all the players that will be added. & # 39;
& # 39; Clearly flattering, it is humiliating & # 39 ;: Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie approached by native New Zealand via top job
- Steve Hansen is a new head coach na World Cup
- The search has begun for successor and the name of Dave Rennie is in the context
- He has traveled through Australia and New Zealand approached in recent weeks
The Australian Rugby Union thought they had prepared the 55-year-old Kiwi to take over from Michael Chieka
But now Rennie admits that he was beaten by the All Blacks about fulfilling his top job when his Scotstoun contracts run out until the end of the season.Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie has been approached by Australia and now New Zealand Zeeland
The much-requested coach had previously made an effort to point out that although he was interested in the Wallabies post, he had never signed anything.
That has now left the door open for the All Blacks to make their move, with Hansen withdrawing after last week's seismic defeat to England in the semi-final of the World Cup.
He will finally bow after third / fourth place on Friday with Wales in Japan.
It has always been Rennie & # 39; s dream to coach the country of his birth, given the straight choice between New Zealand and Australia, there will only be one choice for the man who is now in his third season at Glasgow Warriors.
Thursday asked if he had been approached by the All Blacks, he told STV: "Yes, they have probably contacted a number of Kiwi & # 39; s coaches in this way about interest in the role.The All Blacks are looking for a successor to Steve Hansen after the World Cup
& # 39; I know they will have a process where they will conduct an interview and then make an appointment in the new year.
& # 39; It is clear flattering, it is humiliating because they always have such a great side.
I think I don't have much time ehad to think about that, because I am completely focused on what I am doing here. & # 39; Regarding the approach to his services from Australia, which were eliminated by England in the quarterfinals, Rennie added: "There will always be speculation when new jobs are up for grabs.
" They are I call a Number of people, who are potential substitutes for both jobs. I think time will tell. & # 39; The closing of this World Cup, which culminates in the final of Saturday morning between England and South Africa, is the end for a number of head coaches.
They include Warren Gatland of Wales, who is succeeded by colleague Kiwi Wayne Pivac after today's bronze medal match with the All Blacks.Rennie has improved his reputation and has always wanted to coach New Zealand
Warriors boss Rennie has previously stated that he will see the remainder of his contract in Glasgow, which expires in June 2020.
In the meantime, he will bring six World Cup players back to his side for the Guinness Pro14 clash tonight against Southern Kings at Scotstoun
Canada wing DTH van der Merwe joins Scotland internationals Peter Horne, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Zander Fagerson and George Turner to return to the team, while Tim Swinson replaces Adam Ashe, who has a head knock.
Rennie told Glasgow Official website: & # 39; It was good to have some of the Scotland boys back in training this week and to fight for their place on the team.
& # 39; With experienced players like Zander, George, Adam, Pete and DTH coming in the team for the first time this season, we are looking to lead them from the front. & # 39;
Behind Brendon Ormsby is a series of words stuck on the kitchen wall. There is Minnie, the name of his beloved but yappy dog. Wendy, his sweet wife. "Football" are sports.
They are there because of a stroke in 2013, Brendon had to learn to talk again. Six years later he still can't speak, apart from two names that roll off the tongue. " Aston Villa and Leeds United & # 39;" says Wendy, who takes care of him full-time. & # 39; It's the two things he can say. & # 39;
Over the course of our hour, Brendon tries a few others – & # 39; Yes & # 39 ;, & # 39; I know & # 39 ;, & # 39; F *** & # 39 ;, & # 39; Sorry & # 39; – but no one is perceptible like the two clubs he represented in his heyday.Brendon Ormsby stands next to his list of words recorded for him in his kitchenOrmsby played 117 times for Aston Villa as center back and also played for Leeds United
Brendon is only 59 and h has a wonderfully warm character. The former center half welcomes Sportsmail like an old friend in his home in Selby, North Yorkshire. Yet times are difficult for the Ormsby family. With limited support from the Professional Footballers & # 39; Association, Wendy & # 39; s started to drop out because she had developed alopecia due to stress.
She had all her suspicions, but last week's report – which confirmed a link between football and neurodegenerative disease – left her in no doubt as to the cause of her husband's decline.He and wife Wendy have a photo of his parties with Leeds fans after winning against QPR
& # 39; He would head the ball if it were two feet above the ground & # 39 ;, Wendy explains, wiping her eyes . "An old-fashioned center half. He would stay for hours after a training session to practice head.
"When he was younger, he was never used to moaning against me. But I was talking to Gary Williams (the former teammate of Brendon) and he said he was in Villa when he got a headache.
"I want to emphasize: Brendon loved football and still loved football. He went to the non-competition because he was so fond of it, but he had to stop playing because he got detached retinas. Boxers understand that. Even then we had to force him. He led the games of the former Leeds players – he knew he could not head the ball, but sometimes he could not help himself. We would go crazy. & # 39;The defensive battles for the ball with Cyrille Regis in the FA Cup semi of Leeds with Coventry in 1987
Brendon shows a cheeky smile. Both believe that the ballheads contributed to its current condition, and Wendy hopes that last week's findings will act as a wake-up call for the PFA. Looking at her husband, whom she met at school, she smiles, points to his forehead and says, "He never looked like this when I first married him. It is as if the ball shaped it! & # 39;
Their doctor, who wants to remain anonymous, supports their theory about why a man in his fifties is sitting here with a whistle and an alarm around his neck. "She won't let her own sounds get stuck," says Wendy.
After finishing football, Brendon had five jobs – he was a postman, Elland Road guide, press association match day reporter, Yorkshire Evening Post columnist and coach for Leeds.
Now he cannot stay alone. What help does Wendy get? Four hours a week, two on a Tuesday and two on a Thursday from North Yorkshire County Council. Then from the PFA, which pays President Gordon Taylor £ 2.2 million a year, she only gets three weeks of respite in 2020.
She is exhausted, as she explains: & # 39; He is also vulnerable to being left alone. He goes on his bike and comes back covered in mud. I would ask, "What did you do?" And he didn't know it. He goes for a walk with the dog and comes back soaked. He has been in the river. I know I can't leave him alone because I can't trust what he does. Everyone who is caring finds it very difficult to ask for help. It's just that hard. & # 39;
Wendy waits a while. She's in tears, and the sight of that has also made Brendon upset. They have been together for 45 years – & we were now in and out of jail, & # 39 ;, she jokes – but they remain young. Got We still have years ahead. It is really hard to ask for help. No one has been in contact with us (since last week's report was released). I am very grateful for what we have had, but you do not like to go cap. It is hard to ask for help.Ormsby was destroyed because Leeds the final with a loss of 3-2 for Coventry after extra time
& Brendon's memory is deteriorating. It is terrible. When he had a stroke, the consultant said he had lost a third of his brain. It was dead, but they could see that some of it had died before the stroke. But getting help is terribly difficult for everyone.
"They (the PFA) helped us with some money in the beginning. I asked again two years ago for funding for respite (care), but they said they had no money for that at the time. They told me that I had to call back a few months later and I didn't. I didn't bother.
Brendon end would call. The old Brendon would do it. But I couldn't. I found it too difficult. & # 39;Liverpool Goalkeeper Nigel Spink bounces on the ball in 1983, with Ormsby on the rebound "class =" blkBorder img-share "/>
Liverpool goalkeeper Nigel Spink throws at the ball in 1983, with Ormsby at the rebound
Possibly Brendon's most iconic moment as a cam of a player in a Leeds shirt in February 1987. Faced with First Division Queens Park Rangers, a late header on Elland Road secured a 2-1 win for the second division. The sound of his head hitting the ball was thunderous. Anxious! FA Cup quarterfinals here we come.
In their house is a picture of the celebrations of the 26-year-old defender that day (left). "He gets very emotional," says Wendy when they go to a game. "It's the supporters.
"I was worried about what he would be like, but he was OK to meet the players. It was the supporters. That's when he gets emotional. Leeds always takes care of us when we go. They really make it difficult for him. & # 39;
That is all they want from the PFA, for them and other former footballers who suffer.
& # 39; It only shows that I am in their head & # 39 ;: Max Verstappen responds to Lewis Hamilton's criticism of aggressive driving after the Grand Prix of Mexico
- Max Verstappen commented on & # 39; rare & # 39; comments made by Lewis Hamilton
- Verstappen says the British driver & # 39; disrespectful & # 39; was in his interview after the race
- Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel implied that Verstappen was irresponsible in Mexico
- Verstappen, which Sunday in his 100th Grand Prix will race, insists he is honest & # 39;
Following the Mexico Grand Prix last Sunday, Hamilton said he was afraid of being torpedoed by the Dutchman while going wheel to wheel and that he generally had more room for him then gave other directors.
Hamilton & # 39; s comments were supported by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel who said: & # 39; Copy and paste & # 39;Max Verstappen insists that he A tough but honest racer is after Lewis Hamilton criticized his STI jl
But Verstappen, who participates in his 100th grand prix on Sunday at the age of 22, said: & # 39; It was a silly remark to make. It only shows that I am in their head. I think that's a good thing.
& # 39; I don't have to dig into other people. It is a bit disrespectful.
& # 39; I am a tough racer but honestly, and it is just not true what Hamilton said.
& # 39; I like to fight on the circuit. Otherwise I will stay home as well. & # 39; Hamilton only has to finish eighth to be sure of his sixth title at the Circuit of the Americas, where he has won five of the seven editions.The Belgians said that Hamilton & # 39; s comments about his driving style & # 39; disrespectful & # 39;
Yesterday saw the long-awaited unveiling of the cars & regulations for the 2021 season and beyond, which were unanimously approved by the World Motor Sport Council.
The intention is to bring the competition closer, with the aerodynamics of the cars, making them easier to duel. They will be about three seconds slower.
A budget limit of £ 135 million per team is introduced, although certain costs are outside the limit, such as the salaries of the pilots. The large teams currently spend more than £ 300 million a year.
Friday morning training will be abolished. Instead, two sessions will be scheduled in the afternoon.
Jamie Carragher believes that Brendan Rodgers CANNOT be the boss of Manchester United & # 39; because he was Liverpool's manager & # 39; … but claims that he should look at the roles of Arsenal and Chelsea
- Manchester United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure on Old Trafford
- Leicester Boss Brendan Rodgers has been tipped as a possible replacement
- The Northern Irishman managed United & # 39; s Liverpool rivals for three years
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure while United is seventh in the Premier League after a turbulent start of the season.
Rodgers has meanwhile made a great start to the campaign with Leicester in third place, praising the Northern Irish as a possible replacement for Solskjaer.Jamie Carragher can't see Brendan Rodgers leaving Leicester to manage Manchester UnitedLeicester has made a great start to their campaign led by Rodgers
Carragher however, he thinks that he cannot be considered because he managed the big rivals of United.
& # 39; Liverpool is excluded and Manchester United also because he was manager of Liverpool, & # 39; said Carragher, as quoted by The Express
You look at Arsenal and Chelsea in a few years, whether Frank stays there or not.
& # 39; Rodgers has a bond with Chelsea, in the youth line-up and reserves. These are the two jobs that you would look at, perhaps also internationally. & # 39;
Rodgers managed Liverpool for three full seasons between 2012 and 2015, missing the Premier League in the second.