18 May 2012 by Roy Barford

South Africa vs England rugby

British rugby teams have been touring South Africa since 1891 and the rivalry between England and the Springboks is still incredibly strong. This rivalry resumes next month when the English visit South Africa for 3 tests in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth respectively.

Photo courtesy Warren Rohner

The matches between England and South Africa will be played on consecutive Saturdays, starting at 5pm, with the Durban match on June 9 getting the series underway.

The Springboks are entering a new era, with Heyneke Meyer as coach and a captain that has not yet been announced, although injuries to various candidates for the role may see a temporary appointment for the England series.


										Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will host the third match of the series. Photo courtesy Smee.Bruce (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bruce-camera/5967059909/in/photostream/)

Both teams underperformed at the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, both being knocked out in the quarter-finals, having been the finalists in the 2007 tournament, which was won by the Springboks. South Africa beat England twice in that tournament; 15-6 in the final and 36-0 in the group stages. The last time England visited South Africa was earlier that year and they were belted 58-10 and 55-22 in the 2 matches played in the series.

The Springboks haven't played since their 11-9 loss to Australia at the World Cup, while England won 4 of their 5 Six Nations matches earlier this year.

The Springboks are entering a new era, with Heyneke Meyer as coach and a captain that has not yet been announced, although injuries to various candidates for the role may see a temporary appointment for the England series.

Tickets for all 3 matches are available through Computicket and range from R300 to R500.

If I were to pick the teams for the opening match in Durban (injuries and availability) considered), they would be:

England (15 - 1): Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Delon Armitage, Toby Flood, Ben Youngs, Ben Morgan, Chris Robshaw (c), Tom Croft, Tom Palmer, Mouritz Botha, Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Alex Corbesio.

Subs: Lee Mears, Matt Stevens, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Danny Care, Danny Cipriani, Matt Banahan.

South Africa (15-1): Patrick Lambie, JP Pietersen, Jean de Villiers (C), Frans Steyn, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies, Willem Alberts, Heinrich Brussouw, Andries Bekkrer, Bakkies Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Subs: Chiliboi Ralepelle, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw, Luke Watson, Ruan Pienaar, Juan de Jongh, Gio Aplon.

Let me know your thoughts about team selections and result predicitions by posting a comment, or let's debate on Twitter: @RoyBarford23

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