Home team Away Team


  • Penalty goals: Flood (2), Farrell (3),
15 - 16

South Africa

  • Alberts,
    Penalty goals: Lambie (3),
    Conversions: Lambie,
  • International Match
  • 24th Nov 2012
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 81,151

England v South Africa - QBE International match preview

Last updated: 24th November 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Francois Louw SA RWC 2011

Francois Louw: Has been applauded by Heyneke Meyer

Stuart Lancaster November 2012

Stuart Lancaster: Wants his side to beat South Africa at the breakdown

Related links


Also see

England coach Stuart Lancaster believes winning the battle at the breakdown will be key to his side's hopes against South Africa on Saturday.

England came unstuck against Australia last time out, with South Africa to pose a more physical challenge at Twickenham.

And Lancaster, who has beefed up his pack with Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan, Tom Wood and Alex Corbisiero and added Ben Youngs and Mike Brown to the backs, said: "We need all our pack to make sure that we are on top of their game to win the breakdown battle, the physical battle, the set piece battle which will be a necessity to win the game.

"If you don't match South Africa physically you aren't going to win. You have to win the gainline battle."

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer believes Bath flanker Francois Louw can terrorise England once again.

Louw has been in impressive form for the Springboks since re-establish himself in the side - and he was man-of-the-match in the 21-10 win over Scotland last time out.

"Louw has been awesome," said Meyer, who has named an unchanged starting XV. "He is the type of openside I like - superb on the ground, he is also a great ball carrier and he also has stopping power in defence.

"He is the whole package and he has been awesome for us."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Alex Corbisiero, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 8 Ben Morgan.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 James Haskell, 21 Danny Care, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Jonathan Joseph.

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 3 Jannie du Pless, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Juandre Kruger, 6 Francois Louw, 7 Willem Alberts, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Click here for more betting
Forthcoming International Match Fixtures
International Match
Saturday 1st November
International Match
14:30Barbarians vs Australia
20:50USA vs New Zealand
Saturday 8th November
14:00Italy vs Samoa
14:30England vs New Zealand
14:30Wales vs Australia
16:45France vs Fiji
17:30Scotland vs Argentina
17:30Ireland vs South Africa
Saturday 15th November
14:00Italy vs Argentina
14:30England vs South Africa
14:30Wales vs Fiji
17:30Scotland vs New Zealand
20:00France vs Australia
Sunday 16th November
14:30Ireland vs Georgia
Saturday 22nd November
14:00Italy vs South Africa
14:30Scotland vs Tonga
16:30Ireland vs Australia
17:30Wales vs New Zealand
19:00England vs Samoa
20:00France vs Argentina
Saturday 29th November
14:30England vs Australia
14:30Wales vs South Africa
Today's Results
International Match
Saturday 18th October
International Match
Australia 28 - 29 New Zealand

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com