Schalk Brits added to Springbok squad

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England have been badly in need of a pick-me-up and if the reptilian extravaganza helps restore morale ahead of the series-shaping second Test in Bloemfontein on Saturday then it will have achieved its goal.

Brits called time on his career last month following a nine-year stay at Premiership champions Saracens, but has been added to the Springboks group for the second Test against England. "So hopefully we can build on why the first 20 minutes that was so good".

England let a 24-3 lead slip as the Springboks roared back to claim a 42-39 victory in the opener of the three-match series, with the next match taking place in Bloemfontein on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action.

It's not immediately clear if Erasmus has any major injury concerns ahead of the second Test at the Toyota Stadium, but the team doctor normally briefs the media on the squad's health early in the week.

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"We are busy with building experience, continuity and capacity towards the Rugby World Cup, so we want our young players rubbing shoulders with experienced players such as Duane Vermeulen and Willie le Roux", said Erasmus in a statement. "I'm proud of the guys - they showed character and it's something we can take forward".

"We just want to put things right. We only scraped through‚" said Erasmus. Still, we only scraped through in the end and we made too many errors, so there is a lot for us to work on.