Cheslin Kolbe IS fit to face England in the Rugby World Cup final, confirms South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus
- Cheslin Kolbe missed the semi-final win over Wales but is fit for Saturday’s final
- Rassie Erasmus says he will pick a similar team, but adds Kolbe to his final 23
- South Africa boast no injury problems as they prepare to take on England
Rassie Erasmus confirmed that hot-stepping Springbok Cheslin Kolbe will be fit for the Rugby World Cup final – as he admitted South Africa can be boring.
Kolbe, 26, missed the semi-final against Wales with an ankle injury but South Africa’s boss Erasmus said he will be fit to face England.
When asked about Kolbe’s fitness he said: ‘We are lucky enough to have a full squad of 31 players available and they are ready to train today.
Cheslin Kolbe is winning his race to be fit to play in the Rugby World Cup final against England
Kolbe has been training – but Rassie Erasmus says he will pick ‘more or less the same team’
‘It’ll probably be exactly the same 23 (as faced Wales) but with Cheslin Kolbe being one of the guys that will probably come in.
‘We’ve got 160 minutes to train and a six-day turnaround, so there’s not a lot we can change in those two training sessions.
‘Our team selection won’t be far off from what we’ve been selecting the last couple of games. We’ll pretty much go with more or less the same team.
‘We believe that’s the way we can get the best out of our team and we believe that’s the longevity of playing so many games in a six-day turnaround, rotating forwards and stuff like that.
‘It’s a bit of horses for courses but we believe it’s our most in-fit, form, best available, best combination team so there’s a bit of both.’
Kolbe celebrates the semi-final win over Wales, which he missed, with Damian de Allende
And he accepts criticism that the Boks are dull. They kicked the ball 41 times against Wales, and won with a largely limited game-plan – using their massive pack and strong mauling game, with little ingenuity on show.
But Erasmus does not care, as long as his side wins, highlighting the fact that they have had to battle their way to this point.
‘If one understands where we have come from – we have been number six, seven and eight in the world – we have got certain challenges and one of them was to redeem ourselves and become a power again in world rugby and try and get to number one and two,’ Erasmus explained.
‘By doing that you have to have some building blocks in place and we have followed a certain route and play according to the stats and the way the game is being refereed currently and what gives you short term good results on the scoreboard.
Erasmus accepts criticism of South Africa’s ‘boring’ style – but is pleased with the results
‘We certainly accept that there are some things in our game that we have to improve and we take it on the chin and we will keep on improving that.
‘But we have put ourselves in a position to maybe win the World Cup and we are in the final.
‘Yes we accept the criticism but we are also happy we are in a position to compete in a World Cup final which is ultimately where we want to be.
‘There’s not a hell of a lot in your tactics than you can change in six days.’