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Robshaw relishing South Africa challenge

Friday, June 01 2012 by SNTV
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    England arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday ahead of their three match Test series with the Springboks.


    England arrived at Johannesburg airport on Thursday ahead of their three-Test tour series against South Africa.

    It is England's first tour since a disappointing World Cup campaign and captain Chris Robshaw knows the Springboks will provide a tough test.

    SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Robshaw, England captain

    "We want to really test ourselves now and there's no better place to do that. You ask many players who have been on the international circuit and who have been around the world, they say where is one of the toughest places to play and who's it against, and it's South Africa in South Africa."

    Stuart Lancaster was given the head coach role on a permanent basis after England's impressive Six Nations performance.

    The 42-year-old leads a relatively inexperienced squad to South Africa with the future in mind.

    SOUNDBITE (English) Stuart Lancaster, England head coach

    "A lot of the players are young players, we've got a lot of under-25s, and we very much see them being around right through to 2015 and beyond, because the World Cup in England is a significant event for us as it is for every other country, so we're looking forward to challenging ourselves here and it will be a great benchmark to see where we are."

    England take on South Africa in the first Test match in Durban on June 9th.

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