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England v South Africa: We want to get Twickenham bouncing again – Jamie George

And Jimmy George will win his 72nd cap when England play South Africa
place: Twickenham Stadium Date: Saturday 26 November Starting: 17:30 GMT
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Hooker Jimmy George says England want to make Twickenham “jump again” by recreating the style and spirit of the blitz against New Zealand.

“The atmosphere at the end of that match was unbelievable, some of the best rugby I’ve ever played in,” he said. George on Rugby Union Weekly.

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“We in the field need to give people something to shout about.

“We want to be able to do that for 80 minutes against South Africa and get Twickenham to jump again.”

George, who will make his first start of the autumn season when England face the Springboks on Saturday, says beating the world champions would be the perfect way to end an unfinished campaign that also saw Argentina beat and beat Japan.

Owen Farrell celebrates Will Stewart's try against New Zealand
England’s late rise has denied the All Blacks revenge in the team’s first meeting since the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final.

“It’s a must because we’re just so let down with the way we went last weekend,” he said.

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“There are some positives in terms of the way we played and the way we came back and the character we showed, but… for both sides it’s a really important game.”

Manager Eddie Jones has challenged England to “light up” Twickenham with his play, and Johnny May says the team is gradually developing an ability to switch styles in an effort to find a way to win.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think we’ve become much more clear about what we’re trying to be and who we are, since this time last year.”

“We’re trying to be an adaptable team, an intelligent team, a team that still has all the traditional aspects of English rugby, but can play in a little different ways.

“There are so many variables. You need to be a team that understands the story and theme of the game and can adapt to the weather, referees, injuries, TV referees and then take your chances in the match.

“That’s what we’re trying to achieve and it’s difficult. We’re talking about the top eight and top 10 teams in the world who are very close together and I think a team that can come out of this group will be an all-around package.”

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South Africa comes to Twickenham on Noon a resounding nine-try victory over Italy, But it came narrowly ahead of Ireland and France, the world’s top-ranked teams, earlier in the fall.

Center Lukhanyo Am is one of a number of notables absent from Springbok as a World Player of the Year candidate recovering from knee surgery.

He thinks his side has fallen on the wrong side by some small margins so far this month.

“I think he will benefit from the big moments,” he told Rugby Union Weekly when asked what could be the deciding factor against England.

“When you’re up against high-quality teams you have to be at the top of your game and sometimes we lack the big moments. It’s crucial. These opportunities come and go, it’s a game of margins, and converting or scoring on a crucial try can be a game of decision, whether you win or not.” I lost.

“Those moments are very important.”

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