Retired Schalk Brits gets South Africa call-up

Brits, who was in South Africa on holiday and was at the first Test as a fan, retired after Saracens' Premiership final victory over Exeter but has unexpectedly been called up by Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus. "We want to do something special on this tour and the players are all incredibly excited about this challenge and opportunity we have". "So hopefully we can build on why the first 20 minutes that was so good".

England's record in South Africa isn't great. It could have gone bad really for us. "I'm proud of the guys - they showed character and it's something we can take forward".

"We know we're up against a very good side, a very physical side so it's going to be a challenge for us but one I feel we're ready for".

"Erasmus said he expected England to kick more, and they were a bit surprised when the visitors attacked the wide channels with relative ease". "We only scraped through‚" said Erasmus.

"There were a lot of young guys on that park against a lot of experienced England players".

Things looked promising when England raced to an early 24-3 lead in Johannesburg against the Springboks, but they ended up losing 42-39 to slip to their fourth Test defeat in a row (the loss to the Barbarians is not counted).

"Our replacements all went to the US last week and I expected them to run out of steam a bit after some time, but all of them made a big impact". Looking back, we probably got out of jail free today, but just as they could have put us away, we could have put them away.

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