England-Boks World Cup final rematch set for November 2021
Test in November 2021 will be the Boks’ first trip to Twickenham in three years
England‚ the team the Springboks vanquished in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama‚ will host the world champions in the visitors’ final Test of 2021.
The clash‚ the teams’ first since that final‚ will be staged on November 20 at Twickenham.
The Springboks will play Scotland at Murrayfield a week earlier but their opponents in the opening match of the tour on November 6 2021 are yet to be confirmed.
The Springboks have not played on an end-of-year tour since 2018.
While the Springboks have not played since last year’s World Cup, which they won 32-12‚ England have gone on to win the Six Nations Championship as well as the Autumn Nations Cup.
Next year’s match will be the Springboks’ first trip to Twickenham since 2018‚ when England narrowly edged the Boks 12-11. Earlier that year‚ the Springboks beat England 2-1 in an incoming series at home‚ the first time Rassie Erasmus took charge of the Boks on home soil.
Though the occasion is almost a full year away‚ Erasmus points to the growing anticipation in both countries for the clash at Twickenham‚ where the Boks last beat England in 2014.
“Any match involving England and the Springboks is always special‚” said Erasmus. “England are an incredibly proud rugby nation and in Eddie Jones they have an astute coach who will no doubt be working on a plan to outsmart the Springboks for our rematch at Twickenham.
“The history and rivalry between our two countries always make for a great contest and we are looking forward to playing the English at their Twickenham fortress where it will require a special performance to match them.”
Jones, the England head coach, is already in an expectant mood. “These will be some good games of rugby and tough Tests for us as we work to improve ourselves as a team.
“SA are world champions and we’ll be looking to benchmark ourselves against them. We’ve not had the chance to play southern hemisphere teams this year‚ so it will be a good chance to see where we are up to and hopefully some great rugby for our supporters to enjoy.”
Though England have won the Six Nations and the recently completed Nations Cup‚ Jones has come under criticism for the team’s unattractive and at times one-dimensional style of play.
Some feel they were fortunate to win both competitions. Having lost in Paris‚ they edged France on points difference to win the Six Nations‚ while their Nations Cup final against a third-string French team controversially went to extra time before England snagged the trophy.
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