Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein

Schalk Brits: South Africa add 'retired' Saracens hooker to squad for second England Test

Things looked promising when England raced to an early 24-3 lead in Johannesburg against the Springboks, but they ended up losing 42-39 to slip to their fourth Test defeat in a row (the loss to the Barbarians is not counted).

Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, confirmed on Monday that the former Saracens hooker had joined the squad despite having retired at the end of the 2017-2018 Aviva Premiership season.

The new World Rugby rankings have been released and it's not good news for England.

England's record in South Africa isn't great.


"We knew that wasn't what we worked on during the week".

"I was obviously very nervous‚" said new captain Siya Kolisi. "We were almost very, very good, so hopefully we can string a few things together and get that 80-minute performance next week", George told reporters.

"Credit to the new caps, because they didn't panic and showed they just wanted to play, so we chose to take control of the game and it worked. We want to do something special on this tour and the players are all incredibly excited about this challenge and opportunity we have". It could have gone bad really for us. "I was worried‚" said Erasmus. And Ellis Park - setting for Saturday's Test - is a venue England haven't won at in 46 years.

"The first 20 minutes was some of the best rugby we've played and we then let them back into the game by ill-discipline, which is so, so frustrating. It is going to be a massive one in Bloemfontein".

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