With no more than five of their players sitting out training on Monday, Springboks assistant coach Matthew Proudfoot has revealed that they have a fully-fit squad ready to go against England.
The biggest concern for Saturday’s Twickenham showdown was experienced winger Bryan Habana, who was a doubt for the match after suffering a knee problem while on club duty with Toulon this past weekend.
Proudfoot, though, says: “Bryan took a full part in training [yesterday] so he will be available for selection.”
Other players who sat out on Monday were lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, who was inspirational in their 31-31 draw with the Barbarians last weekend, fullback Willie le Roux – with the Boks already having to make do without Jesse Kriel – prop Vincent Koch and JP Pietersen, whose knowledge of the local conditions will be important for the Boks after he moved to Leicester Tigers earlier this year.
All of them, however, were back and revved up to face Eddie Jones and his England side – unbeaten in the 2016 season.
Forwards coach Proudfoot adds: “Apart from [flank] Roelof Smit, who has gone home [and has been replaced by the Cheetahs’ Uzair Cassiem], we have everyone fit and ready to go.”