Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks wing Cheslin Kolbe returns for final against England

Winger Cheslin Kolbe has overcome an ankle injury to earn a starting spot in South Africa's squad for the Rugby World Cup final against England on Saturday. 

Kolbe has struggled during the tournament with the injury, missing last weeks' semi-final win over Wales, but has been declared fit by coach Rassie Erasmus for the final. 

The 26-year-old replaces S'busiso Nkosi on the right edge, in the only change made in the 23-man squad.

"Chessie is fully fit and ready to go," said Erasmus.

"It's tough on Sbu to drop out of the 23 altogether but, like the other seven, non-playing squad members, he has made vital contributions to our campaign.

"We have been developing some momentum through the tournament, which has come from consistency, and although we know there are things we can do better this is a fit, well-practiced set of combinations who know what they have to do on Saturday."

Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks wing Cheslin Kolbe returns for final against England

Captain Siya Kolisi will make his 50th test appearance for South Africa in the final, making im the 37th Springbok to reach the half-century.

South Africa are chasing their third World Cup crown, adding to the titles they won in 1995, and 2007, where they beat England in the decider. 

"Getting to this stage is not enough for this team," Erasmus added. 

"We now have what may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become world champions – something that would mean so much to our country and our people.

"We know the excitement that there is back home and that the country may well be coming to a standstill on Saturday lunchtime in South Africa. There's a huge weight of expectation.

"We may not be favourites but these players will leave nothing in the tank. We know how the wins in 1995 and 2007 lifted the country - even if it was momentarily. We want to give South Africa that experience once again."

England name their team for the World Cup final at 4pm. 

South Africa: 1-Tendai Mtawarira, 2-Bongi Mbonambi, 3-Frans Malherbe, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 5-Lood de Jager, 6-Siya Kolisi (captain), 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 9-Faf de Klerk, 10-Handre Pollard, 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 12-Damian de Allende, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 14-Cheslin Kolbe, 15-Willie le Roux.

Reserves: 16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Steven Kitshoff, 18-Vincent Koch, 19-RG Snyman, 20-Franco Mostert, 21-Francois Louw, 22-Herschel Jantjies, 23-Frans Steyn.

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