South Africa receive Cheslin Kolbe boost ahead of World Cup final

Cheslin Kolbe missed the semi-final game against Wales
Cheslin Kolbe missed the semi-final game against Wales
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South Africa have received a much-needed boost ahead of the World Cup final against England with winger Cheslin Kolbe declared fit following a recovery from an ankle injury.

The 26-year-old sustained the injury during the group stage game against Italy that aggravated in the quarter-final game against Japan and was forced to miss the semi-final against Wales.

Kolbe has been prolific for South Africa since his debut after scoring seven tries from 13 Tests with two of it coming during the game against Italy.

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed that all 31 members of the squad are available for selection.

"The big thing is that we only have 160 minutes of training, 60 minutes of team training, 60 minutes of split training for forwards and backs," said Erasmus.

"It's two days of training sessions so not a lot will change and you can expect pretty much the same from us this Saturday.

"We've played England four times in the last two years and the score was two all. The last Test we played was a very close Test match at Twickenham and I know both teams have improved a lot since then.

"We'll go out and see how we can stop them from scoring points and we'll try to score more points than them, that will be the simple thing."

The final will be played on Saturday in Yokohama at 18:00 local time.


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