Boks on Tour
'Blood will flow at Twickers'
Hendre Fourie (Gallo Images)
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.”