The Springboks may have their hands full this week dealing with the threat of double World Champions, the All Blacks ahead of their Castle Lager Rugby Championship game in Christchurch on Saturday, but they have already been warned about what to expect on their November tour by England coach Eddie Jones.
Jones sent out a clear message, upping the mind games for the clash at Twickenham in November that the Boks are a clear target.
The Former Reds, Saracens, Japan and Australian coach is well known to SA fans for his giant-killing act at the World Cup last year, but already fired the salvo last month by calling the Springboks “Bullies” in talking about the clash.
This week he followed it up by retracting the statement, but adding that England would not “allow ourselves to be bullied.”
“Generally when you pick a team against South Africa, you need to start well, you have to be smart, you have to be physical and clever in the way you use the ball,” Jones told the England rugby channel.
“You have to be clever the way you allow them to defend, and that is what we are aiming to do.”
Jones called the Boks “physically relentless”
“They are going to find out this is a different England side, so that won’t be the case on 12 November.
“I was probably wrong by calling them a bully – because a bully implies that there is someone to be bullied. We’re not going to be bullied,” Jones added.
South Africa are the first significant opposition for England since their 3-0 whitewash of Australia in June, with Jones’ team playing Fiji, Argentina and Australia in the weeks that follow the Bok test.