Eddie Jones plans to use the Springboks’ ‘dislike of the English’ as motivation for his side in June.
England will take on the Boks in three Tests at Ellis Park, Free State Stadium and Newlands.
Jones’ side is under pressure after suffering three consecutive defeats in the Six Nations and being beaten 63-45 by the Barbarians last Sunday.
‘I probably understand the South African rugby psyche as well as any, having had experiences there,’ Jones told The Guardian. ‘And I know what they are going to be like when they play England. There are certain cultural issues between the two countries that provide great motivation for the South Africans.’
Jones, who was part of the Bok coaching team at the 2007 World Cup, expects a hostile environment for the opening Test in Johannesburg on 9 June.
‘You have to be able to exploit that and use it in a positive way. How can you use their dislike of the English to create an opportunity for yourself because you know at Ellis Park they will be unbelievably passionate and aggressive for the first 20 minutes. That creates opportunities for us. We have to be good enough to understand those opportunities and execute them.
‘First it is about creating an understanding of [the history]. They need to understand why English teams haven’t won there in the past and then come up with an approach of how we will be ourselves. Like in any game of rugby, any physical contact sport, you have to understand the psychology of the opposition. You have to understand where they get their strength from.’
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