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England and South Africa clash at Twickenham on Saturday, in the first of the Autumn Internationals for both countries, with the hosts looking to defeat their visitors for the first time since 2006. After a disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign, England appointed a new head coach, Eddie Jones. Since when they have won all nine matches that they have played, including securing a Grand Slam and a 3-0 series win in Australia during the Summer. The Springboks began their Northern Hemisphere tour last weekend, with a fixture against the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium. Where a second string squad drew with the invitational side 31-31.
The tourists will have a far more experienced squad on show at Twickenham Stadium, looking to end the year on a high, after a series of very average performances to date. The Boks beat Ireland 2-1 in the Summer, after losing the first Test, with narrow victories in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Their subsequent Rugby Championship campaign saw them finish in third position, culminating in a record breaking defeat 15-57 against the All Blacks in Durban. The two sides most recent meeting was at Twickenham in 2014, when the visitors squeezed home by 31-28, in a fixture where they shared six tries.
Posted: 15th November 2014
England and South Africa who meet at Twickenham on Saturday, both lost their opening fixture of the Autumn International series last weekend. England suffered a fifth defeat by the All Blacks inside the last year at Twickenham Stadium, slipping to a 21-24 defeat, after dominating possession and territory in the first 40 minutes, but never putting enough points on the board to pressurise the World Champions as they had in their record breaking 38-21 win 2012.
The Springboks who had inflicted just the second defeat on the All Blacks since they became World Champions in 2011, in their previous international, appeared strangely flat as they succumbed rather meekly to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. England have gone 11 games against the Springboks without a win, having lost ten and drawn just one of those games. The draw coming at Port Elizabeth in June 2012. Both sides talk about building towards next year's World Cup in England, but they will want to lay down markers for that tournament against their greatest rivals, and last week didn't do that for either nation. With the teams drawn in Pools A and B for next year's tournament, it is quite possible that they will clash in the quarter finals at Twickenham, if either finishes as runner up in the Pool stage.
Posted: 24th November 2012
Saturday, November 24th continues the South Africa Tour when England and South Africa play in Twickenham at 14:30 local time and GMT as well. England lost last weekend at Twickenham against Australia, but they are going to be ready for a win when they go up against South Africa. Stuart Lancaster's team should have been able to prevail against the Wallabies last weekend, as the team has suffered a whole slew of injuries, but they were able to gather their strength and take it 20 to 14 which mean that England hasn't won against New Zealand, Australia or South Africa since 2010.
As for South Africa, they have won both of their games in the northern hemisphere, one against Ireland and one against Scotland, both very good matches to watch. They are hoping to make it three of three tests this weekend.
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