Cape Town - South African golfing legend Gary Player has sent the Springboks a heartfelt message of support ahead of the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 11:00 (SA time). 

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Player, who turned 84 on Friday, was speaking to Sport24 at a charity event - A Night with Ronan Keating - at Val de Vie Estate on Saturday. 

While he wasn't overly pleased with how the Boks performed in their quarter-final win over Japan or their semi-final win over Wales, Player said he was confident the Boks could get the job done against a more fancied English outfit. 

"Both teams want to win the World Cup really badly, but there is something about these South Africans," he said.

"They've really got a great passion and passion is so important in sport.

"Win or lose, they have done really well."



15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jonathan Joseph

South Africa

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

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