England coach Eddie Jones has warned South Africa that Saturday's Rugby World Cup final is the game he has been planning for since he took control of the team in January 2016.
England are attempting to land their second World Cup to repeat the 2003 success and avenge the Springboks' victory in the 2007 final.
"We've had four years to prepare for this game," said Jones. ===================================================
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======================================= That's why the players can be relaxed because we know we've done the work." The man who started at fly-half for England in their two previous World Cup finals, Jonny Wilkinson, was tortured by his own genius and the expectations put on him, by himself and others, as a result. The dialogue was all internal and you feared for where it might take him when it was all over.
Farrell strips it all back. The team-talks, the interviews, the attitude.
Go harder than the opposition, impose your will upon them. Show no fear. Look around your team and into their eyes, show them what you have and where you want them to be.
"The only voice I heard in the first training session he had with England was Owen's," remembers former team-mate Danny Care. South Africa, in contrast, came through a gritty arm wrestle with Wales, winning 19-16, to book their place in the last two.
Victory for the Springboks would see them match New Zealand’s World Cup haul of three, while England have the chance to add to their 2003 success as the only northern hemisphere side to have ever lifted the Webb Ellis Cup. Jones has had roles in the opposition camp in England's two previous Rugby World Cup finals, pushing England deep into extra time with his native Australia in 2003, before joining up with South Africa on a short-term stint for their 2007 campaign. And in the meetings. I was taken aback. I'd never heard it from such a young guy, in an England team.
"But one training session and I was in. I was fully under his tutelage. Because he is the best, and he was the best, even when he came in at 19 or 20.
"He knows that every team will come after him, because he's the man. And he relishes it, he loves it, he wants it. He laughs when people hit him hard."
Sporting leaders are supposed to be great orators, sending their team-mates out with long, stirring speeches, or crashing heads against walls. Shakespeare or blood and thunder, or both. You hear Farrell in the huddle at training sessions and it's like a James Ellroy novel. There is nothing loose and there is no fat over the muscle.
Two days out from the quarter-final win over Australia, down in Beppu, on the southern island of Kyushu - 22 men in muted red and white training shirts gathered around him. He has no doubt that South Africa will deliver the traditional power game promised by opposite number Rassie Erasmus, but believes England can eclipse even the heights they reached in a superb semi-final victory over defending champions New Zealand last weekend.
"South Africa aren't going to give us the game, they are going to come hard. We've got meet their physicality but we are looking forward to that and being able to impose our game on them," Jones added.
"We can definitely play better, there's no doubt about it.
"That's the great thing. We are like any team, we are a bit anxious, a bit nervous but also very excited about the prospect of playing even better All those years of watching his dad Andy as he played rugby league for Wigan, England and Great Britain, and then Saracens and England again at the 2007 World Cup. His uncle, former Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin; his grandfather, Keiron O'Loughlin, who played 260 times for Wigan and 119 times for Widnes.