JOE MARLER: Beating hurt belongs to the Springboks DNA, England has to be up front

JOE MARLER: Beating hurt belongs to the Springboks DNA, England has to be up front

Make no mistake, the springboks hurt too much. And boy, they hurt! Win or lose, England's players will wake up with some bruises on Sunday morning.

Everyone writes off England's lightweight and says they'll be bruised from the start, but Eddie Jones will push forward and use that as motivation.

He will make sure that they are ready to fight, because if South Africa gets a touch of weakness in the first 20 minutes, then you are b ****** d.

The recently retired former British and British Lions prop Joe Marler is a columnist for Sportsmail

They walk with elbows, knees and all the hard, pointed pieces towards you. That's her DNA.

They are not the friendliest guys on the field – even though they are some of the nicest guys.

You will not stop in the middle of the game for a bit of joke and joke about the color of your boots.

I found that out when I was clinging to Duane Vermeulen's leg during the second test in Bloemfontein in June.

I tried to wind it up so it hit me left, right and center. He called me a few awful names in Afrikaans. I'm still not completely sure what they meant, but they sound much more intimidating in a South African accent!

Everyone writes off England's lightweight, but Eddie Jones will use that as motivation

Everyone writes off England's lightweight, but Eddie Jones will use that as motivation

Everyone writes off England's lightweight, but Eddie Jones will use that as motivation

DO NOT FORGET the RED

I'll do some business in Twickenham on Saturday and hopefully they've brought red wine supplies.

One of my favorite moments of the summer tour was when Eddie met a fan. At the press conference he said he only asked for the best wine in the area.

Next, every wine company in South Africa sent crates of drinks to the team hotel! Eddie knows I like a drop of red, so I was sent a bottle or two.

YOGA? NOT OWEN!

Eddie named Owen Farrell the team's "spiritual leader" in announcing the team on Thursday.

That does not mean that he directs the yoga sessions. Owen is one of the most natural leaders I've ever played with.

From the outside you can see a man who does not really say much and looks a bit uncomfortable in front of a television camera. That's not the type you see in the locker room. He is not in the media show, he wants to win.

He is unbelievably consistent in the locker room, but he is precise and precise. He does not just scream random things. Ben Youngs is the guy who brings the noise and throws some F-bombs when it's a bit flat.

He's a little bit different than Dan Cole, who sits there and reads the program like on Sunday afternoon with a pipe and slippers.

Owen Farrell looks uncomfortable in front of a camera, he is different in the locker room

Owen Farrell looks uncomfortable in front of a camera, he is different in the locker room

Owen Farrell looks uncomfortable in front of a camera, he is different in the locker room

key battle

KYLE SINCKLER V STEVEN KITSHOFF

Steven Kitshoff and All Black Joe Moody are the top scrummage looseheads in World Rugby. Kyle struggled with Kitshoff in the summer, which worries me a bit. I thought Harry Williams would start for these reasons, but Eddie chose Kyle's physicality and the X-Factor Ball.

Kyle is one of the most passionate players I meet. His team talks are American over-the-top cheese, like the coach at Any Given Sunday.

If Kitshoff gets it right with the set-piece, he gets through the gripping weight of Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley and Eben Etzebeth. That's a lot of weight and Kyle has a point to prove.

Kyle struggled with Kitshoff in the summer, which worries me a bit.

Kyle struggled with Kitshoff in the summer, which worries me a bit.

Kitshoff and All Black Joe Moody are the top scrummage looseheads in World Rugby

Kitshoff and All Black Joe Moody are the top scrummage looseheads in World Rugby

Kyle Sinckler has a hard time defeating Steven Kitshoff in Twickenham

So what do you call someone who is happy on Monday morning? RETIRED!

When I saw the boys leaving their wives and children behind for a two-week camp in Portugal, I felt I'd made the right decision to retire.

I saw the kids walking around on Halloween as skeleton pirates and witches, and I had made my entrance. At the moment it looks like a huge tray of cat litter, so I'm really excited about the arrival of the shingle.

My phone was also quieter because I did not belong to the WhatsApp group in England.

By chance, the team security officers are responsible for the group and decide who is in and who is not.

It's not like the fourth team in the Rosslyn Park chat where you send inappropriate pictures to make your colleagues sick. These are mainly administrative matters and I left the group in the summer. , , before I went out like James Haskell!

I left the WhatsApp group in the summer. , , before I was ejected like James Haskell

I left the WhatsApp group in the summer. , , before I was ejected like James Haskell

I left the WhatsApp group in the summer. , , before I was ejected like James Haskell

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