Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Jamie George says Saturday's loss to South Africa at Ellis Park has served as extra motivation for England to snap their four-game losing streak in Bloemfontein.

Brits called time on his career last month following a nine-year stay at Premiership champions Saracens, but has been added to the Springboks group for the second Test against England.

More than looking good, England was rampant in that opening 20, with wing Mike Brown, fullback Elliot Daly and centre and captain Owen Farrell all scoring tries in the first 16 minutes, tearing South Africa apart out wide.

It's not immediately clear if Erasmus has any major injury concerns ahead of the second Test at the Toyota Stadium, but the team doctor normally briefs the media on the squad's health early in the week.

Rassie Erasmus, the Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, believes that Brits can play a similar role in the current Springbok setup such as experienced players Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux. "I'm proud of the guys - they showed character and it's something we can take forward".

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"Everything came together for us, the nerves were gone, we managed to get into sync and do those things that we know we can do well".

"Last week wasn't the start we wanted and this wasn't the home start we wanted".

"They could have put us away‚" Erasmus acknowledged.

"There were a lot of individual errors that led to the ill-discipline, so first up we've got to be honest with ourselves, brutally honest at times, and hopefully that will lead to coaches not having to say too much".

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