Cheslin Kolbe has admitted that he is feeling extremely nervous in the build up to the Champions Cup final against La Rochelle on Saturday.
Kolbe is part of the Toulouse outfit that will be looking to claim their first victory in the competition since 2010 and their fifth overall.
The South African winger told The42.ie that he was expecting a tough encounter at Twickenham.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in a few finals,” said Koble, who scored a try against England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, one of 10 he has scored for the Springboks in just 14 appearances.
“Funnily enough, I spoke to my wife last night and said for some reason, the final this weekend just feels much more nerve-racking than the World Cup final I played in. I’m not sure what the reason for that is," Kolbe added.
Kolbe believes that thorough preparation will help ease the nerves as the final approaches, however.
“It’s two great French teams coming up against each other, and the nerves and the butterflies are already starting to show, but I think that’s a good sign as well. I just need to make sure I prepare well throughout the week before we leave for England, and hopefully the nerves calm down with the preparation we put in.
“There is a bit of expectation from the public and the club, and then a bit of pressure on us as players to create history by getting that fifth star onto the jersey,” Kolbe said.
Since moving to France from the Stormers, Kolbe has played 77 times for Toulouse and scored 31 tries.