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Jones looking to 'create history' this summer

England head coach Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones has challenged England to “create some history” when they tour South Africa next year.

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The Six Nations champions will face the Springboks in three Tests in June as both sides step up their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

England were beaten 2-0 when they last travelled to South Africa five years ago, but beat them 37-21 in their previous meeting at Twickenham last year.

Head coach Jones will expect his players to make another statement when the two nations lock horns in Johannesburg (June 9), Bloemfontein (June 16) and Cape Town (June 23).

“A three-Test series against South Africa is going to be a big challenge but a fantastic opportunity for this team,” said the Australian.

“England have only ever won three games in South Africa so we have a chance to create some history by winning the series.”

SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux said: “Under Eddie Jones the English have re-established themselves as one of the powerhouses of World Rugby – they have only lost one Test in the last two seasons,

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“Our history against England goes back more than a century and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to South Africa next year in what promises to be a tough tour.

“In 2012, they played in Johannesburg, but it’s been 10 years since they last visited Bloemfontein, while the Test in Cape Town will be England’s first visit to the Mother City since 1998.”

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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