Smit wary of well prepared Poms

John Smit believes England will be up for the June Test series opener against the Springboks in Durban.

With England arriving in South Africa last week and the Bok squad only being announced last Saturday, the tourists will have more time to prepare for the first Test at Kings Park. Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer will only have five days to prepare his troops.

While the Boks remain favourites to win the overall series, former captain John Smit, who is now based with English club Saracens, argued that England are in a stronger position to triumph this weekend.

‘In terms of the three Tests, it is good for England with the first one in Durban,’ Smit told espnscrum.com. ‘They went out there two or three days ago and they will be better prepared than South Africa so it is a good opportunity for them.

‘And it’s different for South Africa as they are coming straight in from Super Rugby. I don’t know Heyneke personally but I would imagine he will be ready for this week, but I will be curious to see how that first Test goes.’

Smit also added that the southern hemisphere will no longer dominate world rugby. He believed that England can win in South Africa, while Ireland and Wales will be big challenges for New Zealand and Australia respectively.

‘These games now are getting tougher and tougher. At the World Cup, there were a lot of teams competing for a spot in the final.

‘The game is growing and everyone is putting more time, effort and money in so I think the gap will continue to shrink and it’s great for the game.’