Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

England slide to worst ranking in two years


Eddie Jones' men are aiming to create history as the first England side to win a series in the Rainbow Nation, a tough prospect when taking into account their recent record against the Springboks: one victory in their last 13 meets.

The England coach wanted to have his team at No 1 by the time the 2019 World Cup begins but they're now down to fourth and Wales could inflict more misery this weekend.

The 37-year-old Brits has been exceptional in the English Premiership, so much so that he was dubbed the "best import to ever play" in the English domestic competition by the London Sunday Times last month.

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"Erasmus said he expected England to kick more, and they were a bit surprised when the visitors attacked the wide channels with relative ease". Still, we will have to try a few things next week and we will have to make big calls going forward, which probably means we'll lose some matches, but we have to get players exposed to Test rugby and see if they have what it takes to make it at this level. "To be able to change it in the game is the most important thing". After that we will reassess where he is. "Handre's shoulder is OK, he will train from today", Erasmus said. But I think he is in the same category as a Bismarck, especially in terms of experience.

"There were a lot of young guys on that park against a lot of experienced England players".

Erasmus left the door open for Brits to come into the match-day squad, especially if he continues to be part of the coach's "brave" selections this season.

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"Start learning from other guys and the way they approach the games, with him being on the field somewhere hopefully".

Recalled England-based halfback Faf de Klerk began the Boks' comeback with the first try.

"The frustration, for me, of not getting it quite right means that I just want to rip into it this week and if it was up to me we would be playing again tomorrow".

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