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England vs South Africa: Faf de Klerk and Francois Louw anticipate Twickenham clash

With South Africa arriving in Twickenham inflamed by rugby director Rassie Erasmus’s ban and England seeking revenge for their defeat at the 2019 World Cup, Saturday is a game of gunpowder ready to explode.

South Africa is fueled by a long-standing feeling of injustice, from not being awarded the 2023 World Cup, as France was preferred at the last minute, to seeing constant criticism of its style of play, to an apparent fault of respect towards them. No nominations for the World Rugby Awards this year, and the Erasmus result has its boiling pot.

To get a feel for how the Springboks will feel before the England game, Sportsmail spoke to two South African 2019 World Cup winners, Faf de Klerk and Francois Louw, to learn more about the clash.

England entertain South Africa with a lot of tension in the air ahead of the Twickenham clash

England entertain South Africa with a lot of tension in the air ahead of the Twickenham clash

FRANCOIS LOUW

South Africa will shape the Rassie Erasmus situation to suit you. You would have to. It will not be just ‘we are naughty, we will take our medicine’, you create negative scenarios in others that excite you to try much more

Rassie is highly respected by the team and the world and I don’t think he has thrown his name away. He highlighted things that were obvious, maybe the form was not correct, but we are all older and I am sure we can handle it.

If you can play a story of us versus the world, proving the world wrong and that will motivate you, then mentally repeat it 100 times. It is a skill athletes use, taking adversity and turning it to their advantage.

Teams, players and coaches pick and choose what they take out of the public domain, the media and see a very different story.

South Africa lights up after rugby director Rassie Erasmus was banned

South Africa lights up after rugby director Rassie Erasmus was banned

South Africa lights up after rugby director Rassie Erasmus was banned

Very often you arrive on the day of the exam and you are not aware of what is happening on Twitter or in the newspapers, since you do not expose yourself to it. But coaches can use things to motivate you ‘this is what English journalists say, they don’t respect you’ or they might ignore it.

There are a lot of mind games in the media this week. I saw England say they don’t see this as a 2019 final redemption game, I don’t believe that. Is personal. If the roles were reversed, this would be so personal for South Africans.

They will speak very differently behind closed doors. I don’t think England should downplay the redemption letter, it’s great to have. Of course England have something to prove – it’s a great occasion and they want to show the English fans that they can beat the world champions, they can play a style of rugby, new faces can deliver.

England will think they have to get South Africa back, “they are not as good as they think they are”, and will create a story in their minds to help them break them mentally and emotionally.

England will think they have to win back South Africa for their final 2019 defeat in Japan

England will think they have to win back South Africa for their final 2019 defeat in Japan

England will think they have to win back South Africa for their final 2019 defeat in Japan

South Africa triumphed in Asia and has put a goal on their own backs as a team to beat

South Africa triumphed in Asia and has put a goal on their own backs as a team to beat

South Africa triumphed in Asia and has put a goal on their own backs as a team to beat

Looking back to 2019, England were very excited about their semi-final performance. They were hoping to win as we had lost the first match against New Zealand, and there was a feeling of ‘imagine what England will do to South Africa, if they do that to New Zealand’.

It’s tough at the top. People want to dethrone you, go after you. For South Africa, the evidence that they are being abused is there if they want to use it.

Regarding the World Player of the Year, I don’t know what the criteria are for the nomination, but neither of the two best teams in the world, South Africa and New Zealand, has a player on the list.

It doesn’t really compare, you can’t tell me that those are two groups of average players.

In terms of their game plan, I don’t think South Africa has pulled anything out of the hat – they are practically a team, territory, passing team in the same way and they will come around the corner with five of our biggest guys. and say ‘Either you’re going to stop us or not!’

There should be no surprises when it comes to the Springboks game plan in London

There should be no surprises when it comes to the Springboks game plan in London

There should be no surprises when it comes to the Springboks game plan in London

England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot is going to want to prove something, having been part of our team in 2019. I saw his comments about young English forwards at the ‘Fight Club’, that feeds them a bit.

You want to impress. England have some great inside information on the way the South African team operates with him.

But there is no secret about how South Africa plays. Watch a game and you have the game plan!

For South Africa they are in the final game of what could be a clean road trip.

All those elements make it exciting. To say that this is another rugby game is not true.

KLERK FAF

Respect is strange: there are many people who respect what the boys do and what we have done. There will always be people who want to prove that others are wrong.

There will always be negativity and positivity, often you just hear more negativity. Guys will focus solely on the team, not what people expect of them. That is the main point.

Faf de Klerk says the Springboks have silenced outside noise in the media and online.

Faf de Klerk says the Springboks have silenced outside noise in the media and online.

Faf de Klerk says the Springboks have silenced outside noise in the media and online.

You definitely try to ignore the criticism. Obviously it seeps into the group, but we believe in the way we play and in the system. The main thing is that once you have the faith and acceptance of everyone, you are halfway there.

There is a lot of talk about our style of play, but as players we love it. It does not affect us when we run out of field.

The type of players on the side now suits our style. They don’t want to be second in any match; It is always something personal, if you carry the ball or make a tackle, it’s you against them and you don’t want to leave the field with your teammates thinking about you ‘you’re not physical enough. It’s a pride thing.

South Africa loves to get physical and enjoy beating their opponents on game day.

Guys love being physical with other sides, and there’s nothing better than seeing you physically dominate one side. It gives you a massive boost.

The great thing about winning the Lions series is that nobody gave us a chance to beat them. Many people thought we would lose 3-0, a shutout. We take it personally.

England are an incredible team, so it will be a huge game. We lost at Twickenham in 2018 by one point, then we won the World Cup against them, so we want to rectify that 2018 loss and they want to rectify the World Cup, so it’s a huge challenge for both parties.

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