Rugby World Cup 2011

Bok backs England to win RWC

2011-08-10 15:07
Schalk Brits (File)

London - Former Springbok hooker Schalk Brits believes that England can win the World Cup if they improve their tactical kicking.

Brits, who played for the Lions and the Stormers, currently plies his trade at English club Saracens, along with several other England internationals.

According to the London Evening Standard Brits believes that combining an improved kicking game with their traditional strengths will give England a good chance of securing their second World Cup title.

"If England can just get their kicking game up to scratch and play in the right areas, they could win this World Cup," Brits is reported as saying on the Evening Standard’s website.

"I really think they've got a chance. Attack isn't such a big deal in the World Cup. Look at previous tournaments: people are scared to take chances, so your kicking game dominates and your defence dominates. England's defence is normally good, even though against Wales it looked shaky. During the Six Nations, the set-pieces were really good, they've got a great scrum and a great 10."

Brits has been capped thrice by the Springboks and but never managed to cement his place in the team. The 30-year-old joined Saracens in 2009 and made an immediate impact with the club, winning the “Players player of the season” in his first season.

The Saracens hooker also said that there was greater technical understanding in English rugby than in South Africa, and that he did not miss the amount of attention he received from fans when he played in his home country.


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