PARIS – Defending champions South Africa expect Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against “greatest foes” New Zealand to be a “grind” as both teams eye what would be a record fourth tournament title.
The Springboks and All Blacks share an unparallelled rivalry in the oval-ball sport and have reached the final at the Stade de France thanks largely to dramatic, quarter-final victories over France and Ireland, both of whom were fancied to make the latter stages.
South Africa have never lost a World Cup final, winning the 1995,
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