England Scrum Coach Backs ‘Fight Club’ To Tackle South Africa’s ‘Bomb Squad’

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The coach who led South Africa’s “Bomb Squad” to World Cup triumph is encouraging his self-styled “Fight Club” of English front-row forwards to create a name for themselves this weekend at Twickenham by taking on the tough Springbok scrummaging task head-on.

With memories of the sides’ last meeting in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final still fresh, England scrum coach Matt Proudfoot believes the untimely absences of experienced Jamie George and Ellis Genge can be overcome on Saturday if their replacements have the right mindset and throw themselves fully into the battle against opponents who rely heavily on their powerful scrum.

No one needs to tell the Klerksdorp-born Proudfoot how important the scrum is to the South African psyche, not least the role played by their “Bomb Squad” of front-row replacements in sapping the energy and spirit of opposing sides at crucial moments in the contest, after working in the Bok camp under Rassie Erasmus and sharing in their convincing victory over England in Yokohama.

source : guardian sport

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