The two sides meet at Twickenham this weekend in a rematch of the 2019 ワールドカップ決勝
Marcus Smith – England
Debut: v USA, 2021
身長: 5ft 7in
重さ: 12st 13lbs
Points: 51 (Tries 2, Conversions 19, ペナルティ 1)
The rising star of English rugby has barely put a foot wrong in his young Test career but against South Africa he faces his greatest challenge yet. Smith has made his name through the attacking flourishes that swept Harlequins to the Gallagher Premiership title last season, but on Saturday he will need to demonstrate the strides taken in his game management. ザ・ Springboks will unleash a barrage of kicks and Smith must orchestrate the response, while also operating in the teeth of their blitz defence. There will be no Owen Farrell to assist with the generalship, but Smith has shown previously that he has the steel to match his genius.
Handre Pollard – South Africa
Debut: v Scotland, 2014
身長: 6ft 2in
重さ: 15st 4lbs
Points: 586 (Tries 6, 変換 83, ペナルティ 126, drop-goals 4)
A very different fly-half to Smith and one ideally suited to South Africa’s forward-orientated, smothering gameplan that was enough to topple the Lions during the summer. Cobus Reinach will provide imagination at scrum-half, while Pollard directs the world champions around the field with a siege-gun boot. Unlike Smith, the France-based playmaker is also a physical presence who can carry into the heart of the opposition midfield, offering a gainline threat. Defensively he is very solid and, while armed with a a range of passing, it is his game management that stands out.