Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eddie Ready for Final and No Fear His Mantra for Showdown

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eddie Ready for Final and No Fear His Mantra for Showdown

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EDDIE Jones repeated the mantra "no fear" as he lit the fuse for the final of a World Cup he does not want to end.

England and South Africa meet at International Stadium Yokohama tomorrow in a heavyweight collision which is a repeat of the 2007 showpiece when the Springboks emerged controversial winners.

For only the second time in his four-year England reign and the first since 2016, Jones named an unchanged starting XV with Ben Spencer replacing hamstring injury victim Willi Heinz the only adjustment to the bench.

A crushing 19-7 victory over New Zealand propelled the new tournament favourites into the final and Jones insists they are undaunted by the challenge of lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy.

He said: "We're enjoying the tournament - the only sadness is the tournament is going to end.

"We're having a great time and we want it to continue but it comes to an end so we have one more opportunity to play well.

"We want to play with no fear. We can definitely play better, there's no doubt about it and the players know that.

"There's a steeliness about the players but also a nice, relaxed feeling because they know they've done the work so they can get on with the job.

"Our whole mindset this week about is taking the game to South Africa, playing with no fear. Where can we take our game to? What level can we take our game to? "We know South Africa aren't going to give us the game, they are going to come hard.

"We have to meet their physicality but we're looking forward to that and being able to impose our game on them.

"The boys know what's ahead of them, everyone knows what's at stake, but because we've had such a good preparation we know we can go out there and play without any fear.

"Generally speaking the World Cup final is between the two best teams in the world, you have to win your pool and you have to win a quarter-final and a semi-final so, you have to be at the top of your game. …

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