Tokyo — Towering Springbok lock Lood de Jager looked down at the media in the bowels of the International Stadium Yokohama after their Rugby World Cup semifinal win over Wales and calmly declared England as favourites for Saturday’s final. 

There was no gasp‚ or “can you say that again?”. De Jager stated it as a matter of fact, and on the evidence of both semifinals it is a point that is hard to argue...

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