JANE FRYER gives you insight into England’s opponents

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Six packs like corrugated iron, biceps the size of a rugby ball, ham-shaped shoulders and acres of rippling flesh.

Just whiten any Englishwoman (or man, sorry) with red blood.

Because it’s the Springbok muscle mountain of the 2019 World Cup that Owen Farrell and our England squad will face tomorrow morning.

Each player is in amazing physical shape. Everyone thirsts for victory. No one has ever looked so good in their shorts.

Here, Jane Fryer provides a helpful guide to Springboks to watch. . .

Six packs like corrugated iron, biceps the size of a rugby ball, ham-shaped shoulders and acres of rippling flesh. That’s enough to whiten any Englishwoman (or man, sorry) with red blood

With flowing blonde locks, he's a lively terrier that bites the ankles of huge opponents - and he's one of the best scrum-backs in the world.

With flowing blonde locks, he’s a lively terrier that bites the ankles of huge opponents – and he’s one of the best scrum-backs in the world.

Mini hercules with a mule

Faf de Klerk, 28 years old

In a team filled with giants, he’s the 5-foot-7 scrum-half who’ll take on anyone.

Nicknamed the Mini Hercules, he chose a fight with bushy-bearded Welsh batsman Jake Ball in his last game – even though Ball is six feet tall and five stones taller.

With flowing blonde locks, he’s a lively terrier that bites the ankles of huge opponents – and he’s one of the best scrum-backs in the world.

Oh, and with his mule, he has a fleeting resemblance to pop star Limahl of Eighties group Kajagoogoo. “He’s very proud of his hair,” says Jono Ross, his captain at England club Sale Sharks, where de Klerk (right) has been playing since 2017. “He has more hair products than my wife.

His fearlessness was spotted at the primary school in the town of Nelspruit, in northeastern South Africa. And since then, he has made fun of his opponents.

From hunger and deprivation in an Eastern Cape township to the first black captain of the South Africa rugby team, Siya’s life story would make a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

Hero of the Christian Township

Siya Kolisi, 28 years old

From hunger and deprivation in an Eastern Cape town to the first black captain of the South Africa rugby team, Siya’s life story would make a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

He grew up in the poor Zwide neighborhood outside of Port Elizabeth. Her mother (barely 16 when she was born) died at the age of 15.

Her father had left years ago. “They just couldn’t raise me,” he said. So he slept on the floor of his grandmother’s living room.

But money was scarce and both were constantly hungry. As her grandmother grew weak, Siya skipped school to care for her, until one day she collapsed in his arms and died.

Many boys would have turned to crime, drugs or worse. But rugby and his Christian faith pulled Siya through.

He played in the streets until he won a rugby scholarship to a sports academy. It was his creation. And when the fame turned his head, his faith protected him.

“I did not live by what I called myself: a disciple of Christ,” he said.

He and his wife Rachel – whom he calls his rock, his power, his purpose – have two children and adopted Siya’s two younger half-siblings, whom he lost contact with when social services took them. in charge.

Outside of rugby, Siya, 6-2, 16.5 stone, gives time and money back to Zwide’s poorest communities, trying to change the lives of young people like him.

The lock in front is a colossus, measuring 6 feet 8 inches high and over 19 stones. He has a bizarre strength and, for a giant pace, incredible

Strongman with 11 dumbbells

Eben Etzebeth, 28 years old

The lock in front is a colossus, measuring 6 feet 8 inches high and over 19 stones. He has a bizarre strength and, for a giant pace, incredible.

The circumference of each of his biceps is 19 inches, for goodness sake – just five inches smaller than a rugby ball.

He can bench press near 28th, train with custom 11th dumbbells (because the standard size is too light), pretend he’s “ not scared ” and can walk 40 yards in 5.11 seconds – just 0.47 seconds slower than Usain Bolt – reaching a top speed of 17.4 miles per hour.

But despite all of this, Eben describes himself as “a very nice person, loyal to his friends and family and an extremely passionate person.”

Eben cut a turn in the youth game, made his debut for the Springboks in June 2012 – beating England 22-17 – and maraed in green and gold ever since.

Off the field, he enjoys hanging out on the beach, hanging out with friends, and roaring in high octane sports cars with his dog.

Although he is renowned for his secret when it comes to his love life, he rejoices how much he enjoys his mother’s cooking at home and talks to her on the phone.

“My mom is my superhero,” he said.

“From the days of diapers until now, she will do whatever is possible for me – she is a perfectionist with a very strong personality, just like me.

Off the field, the accessory, nicknamed The Beast, is a big softy that showeres a plethora of times a day and would go to waste without its bottles of beard oil, moisturizer, and body lotion.

The beast who loves moisturizer

Tendai Mtawarira, 34 years old

He too can bench press over 28th and made a name for himself demolishing the Lions front row in the first test in 2009.

But, off the pitch, the accessory, dubbed The Beast, is a big softy that showers a plethora of times a day and would be wasted were it not for its bottles of beard oil, moisturizer, and body lotion.

“Taking care of your skin is important,” he likes to say in his incredibly deep voice. A committed Christian (Tendai means “to be grateful to God”), he relaxes for games while listening to opera or his beloved gospel – “it calms me down, it puts me in the zone”.

And he never plays without putting on his lucky underwear washed by Mrs Beast, aka Kuziva, a glamorous psychology student and mother of their two children.

(They met in 2009 after his mother spotted Kuziva singing in church and passed her son’s number on to her.)

Tendai, 6-1 / 1 and 18th, is a national hero, although he grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Today, on the eve of retirement, his wild races have slowed down. But the cries of “Beee-aaast” as he carries the ball keep coming.

Snyman said that in a store, a Japanese man who had spotted him wandering down the aisle turned and ran away, petrified.  Born in Potchefstroom in the North West Province of South Africa, he has been playing rugby since primary school

Snyman said that in a store, a Japanese man who had spotted him wandering down the aisle turned and ran away, petrified. Born in Potchefstroom in the North West Province of South Africa, he has been playing rugby since primary school

Giant scary Japanese

RG Snyman, 24 years old

Looking like a Lord Of The Rings extra, the 6ft 9in RG Snyman’s interests are pretty basic.

In a video from South African club The Bulls, he was asked what animal he would like to be.

The answer: “ King Kong, because obviously he’s also tall and also likes blonde girls. ”

True to form, there are photos of him on social media with his blonde girlfriend Saskia Redelinghuys.

He must have been careful in Japan – where he played for a club before the World Cup – as locals who unwittingly meet him are afraid of his gigantic size.

Snyman said that in a store, a Japanese man who had spotted him wandering down the aisle turned and ran away, petrified.

Born in Potchefstroom in the North West Province of South Africa, he has been playing rugby since primary school.

But tomorrow, when he comes to charge from the bench to add power to the Springboks cause, he will be an 18th marauding monster.

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