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Brookes: Saxons face physical game against huge pack

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Kieran Brookes says that England Saxons’ match against South Africa ‘A’ will be a “physical” contest with the Saxons set to face another “huge” Springbok pack.

Brookes started against South Africa ‘A’ in Bloemfontein on Friday and will once again pack down alongside Alec Hepburn and Tommy Taylor for their final match.

Speaking ahead of that contest, Brookes said: “They’ve picked another huge pack.

“It’s going to be a physical game, probably based around the set piece. I think we’ve worked hard, we’ve trained hard and got the result last Friday. Hopefully we can finish the tour with a win tonight.”

Despite missing out on selection for England’s tour to Australia, Brookes says he has enjoyed being involved with the Saxons this summer and believes it is an opportunity to stake a claim for further Test caps: “It’s been thoroughly enjoyable.

“Obviously, I was ridiculously disappointed not to be involved in Australia but that’s rugby. I’ve got to play as well as I can over two games and try and put my hand up for any future first team games.”

One of three Saints on the tour alongside James Craig and defence coach Alan Dickens, Brookes says he has enjoyed being coached by Dickens at an international level: “It’s been great; he’s a character!

“He’s been fun to have in and around the squad as he is when I’m back at Saints. He’s coached the lads well, as he does at the club.”

England Saxons take on South Africa tonight in George. Kick off is 6:10pm BST and the match will be shown live on Sky Sports 3.

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