Both England and South African have named their teams to play one another in the first test in Johannesburg on June 9th. Our clients are all starting to arrive now and these are the line ups they’ll find on Saturday when they arrive at Ellis Park.
15. Elliot Daly
1. Mako Vunipola
|South Africa XV
15. Willie le Roux
1. Tendai Mtawarira
Joe Launchbury is out with a tight calf so Nick Isiekewe joins his club colleague in the 2nd row. Billy Vunipola returns to his position at No. 8 and Tom Curry stakes his claim to be the No 7. that England so desperately need. In other news Brad Shields is on the bench.
There’s no space for Danny Cipriani. David, our Irish domesday merchant has already exclaimed England will lose as a result. Having said that he’s distracted. He’s heading to Argentina to lead our tour over there where Wales will hope to beat the Pumas in a 2 test series. Plus, Ireland take on Australia this weekend too. Meanwhile Mike Brown and Elliot Daly swap positions.
On the South African side their new head coach names a mix of youth and experience. History is made in the front row and at Captain, while Mr Erasmus recalls some top performers from their overseas clubs; Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux are back hoping to get one over their Premiership contemporaries.
In order to offset David’s view I am going with an entirely unlikely England win. 25-18. But in reality South Africa to edge it on account of the altitude. So, some fence sitting!
Stats and bits
• The first England rugby team to tour South Africa was John Pullin’s team on their short tour in 1972. They played in six tour games with a solitary Test match against Piet Greyling’s Springboks at Ellis Park (as the stadium was called at that stage) in Johannesburg. The English team shocked the more than 66 000 spectators with an emphatic win of 18-9.
• Since that first Test, South Africa hosted England on two more occasions at Emirates Airline Park, winning on both occasions – in 1984 (35-9) and 2012 (36-27).
• Since the 1972 tour to date, England have toured South Africa on six occasions. In 1984 (2 Tests), 1994 (2 Tests), 1998 (1 Test), 2000 (2 Tests), 2007 (2 Tests) and in 2012 (3 Tests). South Africa’s record in these five series is: won three, drawn two.
• South Africa’s record against England in South Africa is: Played 13; Won 9; Lost 3; Drawn 1; Points for 362; Points against 213; Tries for 36; Tries against 1; Average score 28-16.
• The overall record of the Springboks against England is: Played 38; Won 23; Lost 13; Drawn 2; Points for 801; Points against 629; Tries for 74; Tries against 46; Average score 21-17.
• South Africa’s biggest win against England was in 2007 in Bloemfontein (58-10) and the biggest loss in South Africa was 15-32 in 1994 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
• England’s best performance against South Africa was in 2002 at Twickenham when the English defeated the Springboks 53-3 – the second biggest Springbok defeat in history.
Never too late
If you are still wondering whether you ought to head out to South Africa there is still time. You’ll miss the 1st Test but we can still get you there in time for the 2nd & 3rd tests.