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Cumbria's Mark Wilson on the bench for Rugby World Cup final

Cumbrian-born Mark Wilson during their match against the All Blacks. Credit: PA

Cumbrian-born Mark Wilson has kept his place on England's bench for this weekend's Rugby World Cup final.

Head coach Eddie Jones has named an unchanged England side to take on South Africa in Saturday's final in Japan.

It means Kendal-born Wilson - who made a key cameo appearance to win a crucial turnover in the semi-final victory over defending champions New Zealand - has won a place on the bench.

The flanker came on in the 70th minute during last Saturday's semi final, which saw England beat the All Blacks 19-7.

In a press conference this morning, Eddie Jones said the final on Saturdayagainst South Africa was the culmination of a four-year journey and stressed the way to win was to enjoy it.

He said: "We're having a great time, we want it to continue but it comes to an end.

"We've got one more opportunity to play well, so we want to play with no fear on Saturday, just play the game."

Jones added: "We've have four years to prepare for this game, we've got good tactical clarity about how we're going to play.

"We're fit, we're enjoying the tournament - the only sadness is, is the tournament's going to end.

"We know South Africa aren't going to give us the game, they're going to come at us hard, we've got to meet their physicality - we're looking forward to that and then being able to impose our game on them."

He also said they had tended to block out the "noise" regarding expectations.

  • World Cup final is exclusivelylive on ITV this Saturday morning. The big match in Tokyo kicks off at 9am with all the build-up on air from 7am.