England flyhalf Charlie Hodgson expects to be targeted by Butch James at Twickenham on Saturday.
Hodgson was substituted just after half-time against Argentina last weekend, yet retained his place for Saturday’s opener against the Boks. The England No 10 will stand opposite James, who replaces Andre Pretorius in the visitors starting XV.
“He does have a reputation for being physical,” Hodgson told the Daily Telegraph. “If a side is going to target you then that’s a good thing, because they feel you’re a threat. He’s someone I’ll have to look out for. I’ll just have to step out of the way as soon as possible.”
Hodgson is eager to put his Pumas nightmare behind him as soon as possible.
“I shut it out of my mind straight away,” he said. “It’s gone. It was a bad day at the office for a lot of us. The key message is that we have to put it all behind us and move on quickly.”
Hodgson’s new determination was evident at training this week, when he yelled at his team-mates after they’d made yet another mistake.
“I’m not one for swearing and shouting, but on this occasion there was something that needed to be said.”
The flyhalf insisted he was confident of doing well against the Boks, in a match England must win to end their seven-Test losing streak.
“My belief in myself has always been good, but I’m also a lot stronger mentally than I used to be. I take the knocks now with a pinch of salt. There are highs and lows in any career. You’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on. I don’t get too bogged down or too worried about things.”