(Picture: Army In London).
The 2019 Rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa this weekend has created a rivalry among the ranks of the Queen’s Life Guard.
England made the decider after a win over New Zealand in the semi-finals, whilst the Springboks beat Wales in the last four to book their place.
Corporal of Horse Gareth Cowen from Plymouth will be supporting England, but Guards Corporal of Horse Jacques Hattingh is from Bloemfontein and will be cheering for the South African team.
Corporal of Horse Jacques Hattingh said: “I’m in the British Army, and proud to serve the Queen but on Saturday I’ll be shouting out for my homeland.
“It’s the Springboks all the way”.
Corporal of Horse Gareth Cowen said: “I think England have a good chance. They’re the strongest team for many years, it’ll be a definite England win on Saturday,” he added with a sideways glance at his South African comrade.
The sides will meet in Yokohama on Saturday morning.