No. 8 Ben Earl, who has been playing the rugby of his life in both the No. 8 and No. 7 jersey so far, has been one of England’s most impressive players thus far in this World Cup, if not the most outstanding performer.
That makes for a pretty potent three, and South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber is aware of that, along with 104-cap vice-captain Courtney Lawes of England and British & Irish Lions openside Tom Curry.
Nienaber praised Earl and Lawes for effectively playing an entire match in a two-man back row against Argentina in the tournament’s opening game after selecting his Springboks team to play England this Saturday. Nienaber said that England’s back row “complement each other quite well” after announcing his Springboks team to face England in the World Cup semi-final.