'Blood will flow at Twickers'

2010-11-24 22:11

Stephen Nell

London – Blood will flow at Twickenham on Saturday. That was the warning from England’s South African-born loose forward Hendré Fourie, who is set to be announced on the home team’s substitutes bench for the weekend’s rugby test.

Fourie, 31, made his first start for England against Samoa last week and plays for English club side Leeds. He was born in Burgersdorp.

“It’s going to be a hard, hard game against South Africa,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“There’s definitely going to be some blood flowing. It might be ours, it might be theirs.

“They lost to Scotland and that’s really going to psyche them up. It will be amazing and surreal to play against them. It’s a great chance to show them how good I am and what they are missing out on.”

While it’s unlikely that South Africa will shed too many tears for rather sticking with Schalk Burger and Juan Smith, the former Free Stater has vowed to go into the match “all guns blazing” if he gets the opportunity.

Chances are that Lewis Moody and Tom Croft will be the flankers again this week after Fourie and James Haskell started against Samoa.

Dan Cole is also likely to return at tighthead prop in place of David Wilson to ensure that the England front row is back to full strength.

At the back, the only anticipated change is the return of Mike Tindall at centre in place of Matt Banahan, who is expected to be on the bench.

Veteran lock Simon Shaw, who was a star for the British and Irish Lions on tour in South Africa last year, is expected to be on the substitutes bench to give England momentum late in the game.

Meanwhile, England are reluctant to write the Boks off in spite of the weekend’s defeat at Murrayfield.

“They’re still word champions and you have to take that into account,” flanker Tom Croft told the BBC.

“South Africa have just lost a game they may have expected to win so they’ll be on the rampage.

“You have to have respect for them off the pitch, but as soon as you cross that whitewash it’s you versus them and if you give them that respect on the pitch, they will get the upper hand.”


  • Sleepyhollow - 2010-11-25 08:09

    Thank goodness Bakkies didn't say this.... we would have had half the bok team in the sin bin in the first 10 minutes just for looking at the poms funny

  • Christie - 2010-11-25 08:43

    Jy reken die bloed gaan vloei?!? Hoop jy bring reserwes saam boetie!

  • assan - 2010-11-25 08:49

    Hendre can be glad he is playing for the winning team

  • paullouis.louw - 2010-11-25 09:02

    Is it sad to see that a born & bred South African boertjie is now playing for the enemy of old. I bet you he's heart will skip a beat when the Boks sing the national anthem.

  • Grant Wright - 2010-11-25 09:16

    Good on you Hendre, I will surely be supporting the English.

  • louis.kriel - 2010-11-25 09:29

    Good on you mate, hope England did not make you too soft.

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-25 09:32

    As they say in Afrikaans... "Die SNOT gaan SPAT"!!!!! Going to either be a RUN-A-WAY game for England... or the Boks will regroup, and play like they should, tight forwards and NO BLOODY KICKING!!!! SNOT will be flying all over that field tho!

  • Chadwick - 2010-11-25 12:01

    Uhh...right. Boks, please teach this traitor scumbag a lesson and tackle the kak ouda him. He's been Britainized. You're playing for England because your mom knew when you were born that you were not worthy of Green and Gold, so you ran to England. And they only chose you for the team because they know you're born South African and South Africans can play rugby.

      nabberuk - 2010-11-27 15:40

      play rugby.... like they did against scotland. LOL

  • swart59 - 2010-11-26 04:41

    Yes, Mr. Fourie's comments are a bit over the top, since he may not even get to play. But remember Boertjies are kicking ass in many professions all over the world now, doing their heritage proud. I think the English also have an ex New Zealander or 2 in their team.

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