South Africa mix pace and power and expect ‘tasty’ battle with England | Sport


There are a few words you might choose to use about England’s pack before you land on the one Warren Whiteley settled on. “Nice” was what Whiteley said when he found out England had picked Tom Curry, Brad Shields and Mark Wilson to play in their back row at Twickenham.

“Nice.” He sounded like he was reading through a steakhouse menu. For anyone else a cup of tea counts as “nice”, or a slice of cake, or a comfy chair, not an 80-minute Test match scrap against an English pack at Twickenham. But then Springboks have strange appetites and, judging by the team they are putting out on Saturday, they have come hungry.

Whiteley is one of seven changes the head coach, Rassie Erasmus, has made to the side that lost by two points to the All Blacks in Pretoria three weeks ago. Some of…

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