Springbok coach Jake White finally conceded he may have got it wrong with the balance of his loose-trio, telling the media that no coach gets every decision right.
White said he had learned lessons on his latest northern hemisphere tour, among them that he has to play with an open-side flanker and also that Meyer Bosman’s omission, in hindsight, was a mistake.
White spoke of the value of a Henry Honiball-type player if the Boks are to be successful up north, but said he felt he owed it to Andre Pretorius, given the player’s fine home Tri Nations form.
Of Floors, White said that he was excited at the prospect of the dynamic young flanker’s introduction to test rugby.
“I have always known what he can do and now he has a great opportunity on Saturday. He has fitted in very well and by playing him as an open-sider we get the chance to test the balance of this loose-trio,” said White.
The Bok coach’s plans may still be upset if Juan Smith pulls up before or during the test match. Smith has not played since the Irish defeat and there are still concerns he may not last the distance or even make it to kick-off.
If Smith does not play then Gerrie Britz would move to flank and Floors would start at No 8 against England.
White also said that there was pressure on the entire team to perform well against England and not just on Pretorius.
When asked if Pretorius was playing for his international career, White said everyone was playing for their careers.