World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson has urged England’s selectors to recall Lawrence Dallaglio.
Speaking on Sky Sports rugby show, Johnson said current captain Martin Corry wasn’t the right person to take England forward.
“Corry’s a good guy but when I was captain, I had a lot of leaders around me,” he said. “I had five or six guys who were all great leaders. This team is lacking the guys who can make the big decisions. Lawrence has said himself that his form isn’t great, but you know what he can offer and if it was up to me I’d bring him back.”
Johnson also said coach Andy Robinson should have been sacked a long time ago.
“When Clive Woodward went, why not clean house and drop in some fresh ideas then? I’m not saying these guys weren’t up to it. I’m just saying we need to freshen things up.
“Rob Andrew’s appointment as elite rugby director should have happened two years ago. If they lose the next two [Tests] I think Andy will go. And if that happens I think Rob will take over that role.”
While Johnson believes England can beat the Boks on Saturday, he certainly wouldn’t bet his house on it.
“If we play to our potential we can win,” he said. “But whether we have the potential to play at the highest level, I’m not so sure.”
Meanwhile, 20-year-old centre Matthew Tait plans to make the most of his Test recall.
“I’ve often wondered if this day would arrive, so I’m determined to enjoy it,” he said. “I’ve not thought about the Cardiff game for ages [where he struggled against Wales]. You move on, you can’t dwell on it. I was a bit naive but it helped me discover what is required to deal with the atmosphere.”