Keo.co.za brings you the latest from the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.
Ex-pat lines up Boks – England flanker Hendre Fourie is hoping for a chance to take on his countrymen this Saturday. The South African-born Fourie has already made two appearances from the England bench, and is hoping for a third this weekend.
‘It would obviously be awesome for me if I could manage to stay in the side to face South Africa – but of course that’s not up to me. I keep pinching myself that I’m now part of this England set up – it’s like a dream come true.
‘The defeat to Scotland will definitely have them psyched up.They will be hurting and will want to respond from that loss. It’s going to be a very physical match and I’m sure the blood will be flowing as they look to put the record straight.’
Wounded Boks playing for pride – Jean de Villiers says the loss to Scotland will go down as one of the worst moments in his career, and hopes a victory against England will restore the public’s faith in the team.
‘I have experienced lows before, but mostly through injuries that I suffered,’ he said. ‘I was injured in my Test debut against France in 2002 and the team lost against Scotland the following week. That had been the last time. It’s not a good feeling to be part of such a loss.
‘For the players it’s about regaining lost pride now. A lot of people are writing us off. The players will be the first to admit that it was disappointing. A win over England will go a long way to fixing it, but we will have to play well.
‘We don’t have many more Tests before the World Cup and there is a bigger picture. We have a lot to play for against a team that is on the up.’
Poms won’t show Boks respect – England forward Tom Croft says the hosts can’t afford to put South Africa on the pedestal.
‘South Africa have just lost a game they may have expected to win so they’ll be on the rampage. If you start thinking [South Africa are] not quite the team they used to be, that’s where you will definitely slip up. You have to have respect for them off the pitch but as soon as you cross that whitewash, it’s you versus them and if you give them that respect on the pitch, they will get the upper hand.’
Coach Martin Johnson said the absence of key players won’t make the Boks any less of a threat.
‘They’re missing some good players, but they’ve got other good players with a huge amount of experience who can come in and play,’ he said.