England to get Twickenham shot at Boks
BREAKING NEWS: England will finally get their chance for revenge against South Africa!
The Springboks and England will resume their rivalry at Twickenham
South Africa and England will meet for the first time since the 2019 World Cup Final, when they clash at Twickenham on November 20 as part of the Springboks’ three-match tour of Europe.
England announced the big clash on Tuesday as part of their 2021 year-end internationals.
The announcement of the Twickenham encounter is the second confirmation of the Boks’ three-match tour of Europe in November 2021, following on last week’s announcement of the Test against Scotland a week earlier, on November 13 in Edinburgh.
The match at Twickenham will elicit fond memories for Springbok fans as the South Africans’ last match against England was a superb 32-12 victory at the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan to capture their third World Cup crown.
This is also the Springboks’ first trip to Twickenham since 2018, when England narrowly edged the Boks by 12-11.
Prior to that drama-filled encounter, the Springboks had beaten England 2-1 in a Castle Lager Incoming Series at home, the first time Rassie Erasmus took charge of the Boks on home soil.
Although the occasion is almost a full year away, Erasmus points to the growing anticipation in both countries for the clash at Twickenham, where the Boks last beat England in 2014.
“Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special,” reckons Erasmus.
“England are an incredibly proud rugby nation and in Eddie Jones they have an astute coach who will no doubt be working on a plan to outsmart the Springboks for our rematch at Twickenham.
“The history and rivalry between our two countries always make for a great contest and we are looking forward to play the English at their Twickenham fortress where it will require a special performance to match them.”
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England head coach Eddie Jones said: “These will be some good games of rugby and tough tests for us as we work to improve ourselves as a team.
“South Africa are world champions and we’ll be looking to benchmark ourselves against them.
“We’ve not had the chance to play Southern Hemisphere teams this year, so it will be a good chance to see where we are up to and hopefully some great rugby for our supporters to enjoy.”
The name of the Springboks’ third opponent, for the opening match of their European tour on 6 November next year, will be revealed in due course.
England will play three Test matches at Twickenham next year November.
Jones and the squad will begin their campaign on November 6 against an emerging nation, with the exact opponent to be confirmed at a later date.
The following weekend Australia head to south west London in a repeat of last year’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinal – which England won 40-16.
It will be the eighth time England have faced Australia under head coach Eddie Jones and the fourth time on home soil.
In the final match of the series, England will play South Africa.
“Australia are rapidly improving, have a lot of new talent coming through and good coaches like Dave Rennie and Scott Wisemantel, who we know well,” Jones said.