England manager Gareth Southgate has set his sights on the nation’s “missing piece” as he targets World Cup glory in 2022.
England coach Eddie Jones has questioned whether the Springbok veterans will be able to sustain their excellent form until the 2023 World Cup.
England have officially confirmed their four-Test schedule for the 2022 Autumn Nations Series, which includes a rematch against the Springboks at Twickenham in November.
England manager Gareth Southgate is set to remain as England manager until 2024, after he and assistant Steve Holland signed new contracts.
Marcus Smith kicked a 79th-minute penalty to give England a one-point win over the Springboks in a thrilling see-saw encounter at Twickenham on Saturday.
Handre Pollard and Cobus Reinach have rotated back into the starting lineup in three changes to the Springbok team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
European champions Italy missed out on automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup after being held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday, ceding top spot in Group C to Switzerland who beat Bulgaria 4-0.
England need just a point from San Marino to reach the 2022 World Cup but Gareth Southgate insists he will treat the side ranked lowest in the world with the same respect as any other opponent, having hinted Harry Kane could start on Monday night.
Gareth Southgate will rotate his squad in San Marino as England look to seal World Cup qualification and end a memorable year on a high.
England striker Tammy Abraham believes he has been turned into a “monster” by Roma boss Jose Mourinho.