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Greater freedom for flyhalf Lambie

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports Heyneke Meyer has given Pat Lambie the directive to stand flatter and attack more with ball in hand in a bid to get the best out of him.

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Du Plessis calls for major mettle

Jannie du Plessis acknowledged fatigue has gripped the squad after the longest season in history but refused to accept that it would debilitate the Springboks’ forwards.

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Openside hybrid non-negotiable for Boks

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports Springbok defence coach John McFarland believes there isn’t room in Test rugby for an openside who isn’t equally competent at the breakdown as he is with ball in hand.

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Pin down Pat

Springbok kicking coach Louis Koen says he has the utmost faith that Pat Lambie will develop into a world class Test flyhalf but stressed it is critical that he settles in the position in Super Rugby.

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Critical juncture for Lambie

RYAN VREDE, in London, writes Pat Lambie has yet to convince of his aptitude as a Test flyhalf but has an opportunity to push his case with a strong showing at Twickenham.

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Meyer rejects Blacks comparison

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports that Heyneke Meyer says comparisons between the Springboks and All Blacks are ill-formed and unfair, explaining the world champions are far advanced in their development.

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Twickers to be viewed in isolation

Heyneke Meyer refused to say that a victory or defeat against England would define their season, but accepted that it was critical to deeming the year-end tour a success.

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Etzebeth in the dock

Eben Etzebeth faces a nervous wait to see if he will play at Twickenham after he was cited for an alleged eye gouge.

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Boks injury concerns deepen

JP Pietersen has sustained a groin strain that threatens to rule him out of Saturday’s Test against England, while CJ van der Linde and Gurthro Steenkamp limped off at Monday’s training session.

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Flo flying high

RYAN VREDE, in London, writes that Francois Louw has made the transition from competent Test openside flank to a world-class one who is indispensable to the Springboks’ cause.

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