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Coach Rassie Erasmus: Twickenham Showdown a Huge Test of Character


Cape Town – Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus believes that Saturday’s Test match against England will be a massive test of character as the home side will be desperate for victory at Twickenham.

The match launches the Springboks’ four-match end of season tour, which will also see them play France, Scotland and Wales.

Erasmus named a side with a brand new loose trio combination on Thursday that sees the return of Duane Vermeulen, who missed the entire Rugby Championship earlier this year.

He will start at flank together with captain Siya Kolisi while Warren Whiteley fills the No 8 role.

“This match will be a huge tactical affair with much of the outcome depending on how you handle the set phases and kicking game,” said Erasmus at the naming of the Bok team.

The Springboks are expecting a massive onslaught from the home side after handing them a 2-1 defeat when they toured South Africa in June.

“England will be desperate to win this one at Twickenham,” said Erasmus.

Saturday’s Test kicks off at 17:00 (SA time).

Teams

England

15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (co-captain), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 1 Alec Hepburn

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Lood de Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 André Esterhuizen

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