England are in for a tough battle during the autumn Test series which begins against South Africa on Saturday, Jamie George admits. England are also set to face New Zealand, Japan and Australia as the countdown to the 2019 World Cup is on and Eddie Jones’ side will be scrutinised over the series, with South Africa first up at Twickenham.
George started all three Tests in the 2-1 series defeat by the Springboks in June and knows exactly what to expect when they go head-to-head again at the weekend.
“I’d say it’s pretty full-on, especially against South Africa,” George said. “They’re such a physical team from one to 15 – no matter who they pick they pride themselves on that.
“We’re very aware of that and we’re also aware that our intent can never be questioned. We’re going to go out there and rip into it and put our physical stamp on the game.
“We’re very aware that we want to start with a bang. We’re aware of what previous results are, but don’t think of it as putting more pressure on us.”