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The adage that rugby games are won up front will never be more true than in Saturday’s World Cup final when the massive, mobile packs of South Africa and England clash in Yokohama but the battle of the midfield could be just as crucial.

England’s midfield axis of flyhalf George Ford, inside center Owen Farrell and center Manu Tuilagi was instrumental in the team’s 19-7 semifinal victory over New Zealand.

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