Irish expect hostile South Africa

2016-06-02 10:01
Keith Earls (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ireland utility back Keith Earls says they are preparing for a huge onslaught from the Springboks during their upcoming three-Test tour.

The Boks will host Ireland in three Tests, with the first match scheduled for Cape Town on June 11. It will be followed by Tests in Johannesburg (June 18) and Port Elizabeth (June 25).

The 28-year-old Earls, who boasts 50 caps for Ireland, says they know what to expect on their tour to South Africa where they have never beaten the Springboks.

"It's going to be a massive challenge. It's a real hostile place, they love their rugby down there,” Earls told the IRFU’s official website.

Earls was also member of the British and Irish Lions side that lost a series 2-1 in South Africa in 2009.

That tour was characterised by intense physical encounters and Earls expects it to be no different this time round.

“It’s going to be massively physical, they're all big men and they've a lot of young players coming through. But we'll relish the challenge."


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