Super Saturday at OWRFC | ENG v RSA
Almost exactly 12 years ago, on a dramatic October night in Paris, England and South Africa went head-to-head in a Rugby World Cup final for the first time, with the Springboks coming away 15-6 winners.
Fast-forward to this weekend and the two giants of international rugby are all set for another titanic clash on the biggest stage in the world, with the World Cup final this time taking place at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan.
Much like the current Old Wimbledonians RFC First XV, this England squad also has a shrewd Australian Head Coach pulling the strings. Eddie Jones’s men have been consistently excellent throughout this 2019 tournament, getting better and better with each game, slowly building up to last Saturday’s historic semi-final victory over the All Blacks. England dispatched the reigning champions in such emphatic fashion that many believe this coming final is already a foregone conclusion.
Can Eddie’s impressive England recover from such an era-defining performance in time to go again this weekend, and back up those heroics to seal a second World Cup for their country? Only one team has ever knocked the All Blacks out of a Rugby World Cup and then gone on to win it (Australia in 1991), so South Africa will be quietly confident they can spoil England's party.
And there's plenty to suggest the Springboks will be more than up for the challenge, having gone about their business in efficient and effective style since recovering from defeat in their opening game to New Zealand in Group B.
Can South Africa – arguably the only team in the world currently able to match this England pack’s physicality and power – cause an upset on Saturday to bag their nation’s third Webb Ellis trophy?
Plenty of questions going into this Rugby World Cup final, and seeing the answers play out on Saturday morning will undoubtedly be thrilling and fascinating in equal measure. The only question that really matters for our readers, though, is this: Where will you be on the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2019?
The answer should hopefully be an easy one, as there’s only one place to watch the final on Saturday, and that’s at your local rugby club.
Come and join us at the Old Wimbledonians for all the build-up, action, and reaction from the final live on our big screens this weekend. The club house will be packed, the atmosphere will be electric, and no matter the result, it’s certain to be an incredible game to watch.
We’ll be open from 8am, with hot food and drinks available from 8:15am.
Even though the final will finish around 11am (assuming we don’t go to extra-time), there’s no need to think the day has to stop there. Once you’ve caught your breath and come back down to earth, why not head over to our partners at the Lime and Thyme Restaurant in Raynes Park for some lunch, where all OWs can get a special discount with their club membership cards.
Be sure to walk back over to the club house afterwards, though, as attention will turn to the Gallagher Premiership in the afternoon. We’ll have the pick of the games as Leicester will be taking on Gloucester, Saracens hosting London Irish, and Wasps facing off against Bath, live on BT Sport from 3pm. Following that, focus will turn over to football as Chelsea travel to Watford in the Premier League’s 5:30pm kick off.
There’s so much to look forward to this Super Saturday at the Old Wimbledonians, so don’t miss out. Come down to Raynes Park and join us for an amazing day of sport. See you there!
Who: England vs South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final
When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9am kick off (Club House opens at 8am)
Where: Old Wimbledonians, Somerset Avenue, Raynes Park, SW20 0BJ
What: A fantastic day full of rugby for all the family