Autumn Nations Series: England’s Jamie George ready for South Africa pack battle | ‘We’re hurting from last weekend’

England hooker Jamie George is determined for the forwards to right some wrongs from the 25-25 draw with New Zealand when South Africa visit Twickenham for the final match of the autumn on Saturday

Last Updated: 22/11/22 6:36pm

Jamie George cannot wait for the opportunity to take on South Africa’s pack in England’s final Test of the autumn

Jamie George is relishing the prospect of taking on South Africa’s formidable pack in England’s final Test of this year’s Autumn Nations Series on Saturday.
The Saracens hooker is preparing to face the Springboks for the first time since England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup final defeat after not featuring in any of last year’s Tests against South Africa for the British and Irish Lions, and missing last year’s clash at Twickenham due to injury.George was a replacement as England battled back to secure a 25-25 draw with New Zealand last weekend and the scrum is one area the hosts are aiming to improve in following that match as they aim to make a statement against the world champions less than a year out from the next World Cup. “It’s so exciting from a tight-five point of view because we weren’t good enough at the weekend set piece-wise and that’s something we’re certainly highlighting this week,” George told Sky Sports News.”We’re hurting from last weekend and when you’re hurting like that, you want a big performance and to test yourself against the best.”South Africa certainly are that; we’ve had some big history against them over the last few years and the last however many years. It’s exciting times.”The clash with the All Blacks saw England trailing 25-6 with 11 minutes remaining before Beauden Barrett’s yellow card left the visitors down to 14 men, with two tries from Will Stuart and one from Freddie Steward helping Eddie Jones’ side snatch a share of the spoils. …