“I have experience competing against the director of rugby for South Africa, so my advise to [England head coach] Steve Borthwick is to make sure he gets out in front and dispels any dark forces.
By predicting on Tuesday who he believes Borthwick’s team will be for the semi-finals, Rassie has already sought to gain an advantage mentally and sow doubt. You must make an effort to match the Springboks’ physical prowess while also being tactically astute and displaying no signs of mental weakness if you want to stand a chance against them.
England has received a Rugby World Cup warning from Warren Gatland, the head coach of Wales.
As a water boy during the games and messenger to his players, Rassie was the first problem we encountered. I cracked a joke about him possibly needing some water in his bottle if he was going to play the role of “water boy.” In the end, World Rugby decided to amend the rules the next year to forbid coaches from using water carriers to reach the field. Even yet, we were still having trouble with their physio sending messages onto the field of play while live play was in progress.
“South Africa continues to challenge the rules of the game in new ways. Who knows what will happen this week, but I expect the Springboks to be troubled by the fact that England made it to the semifinals unnoticed and without having to endure the same grueling testing that Ireland and France did.