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England v South Africa - 10 years of hurt

Published 08/11/2016

Victor Matfield wins a lineout for South Africa at Twickenham in 2014
Victor Matfield wins a lineout for South Africa at Twickenham in 2014

England face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday looking for a first win against the Springboks in 10 years.

The last time England claimed victory was in 2006, although that was a seventh win in a row against the two-time World Champions.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at all of the meetings between the sides since England last tasted victory.

ENGLAND 23 South Africa 21, November, 2006 - South Africa tour of Ireland and England.

This was England's most recent victory against the Springboks and they did it the hard way, coming from behind having trailed 18-6 early in the second half before completing an excellent fightback from 21-13 down with only 20 minutes remaining.

England 14 SOUTH AFRICA 25, November 2006 - South Africa tour of Ireland and England.

This was South Africa's first victory against England in eight attempts. The Springboks held a narrow 16-14 lead at the break before putting in a convincing second-half performance to run out comfortable winners. Andre Pretorius, who had successfully made a drop-goal in the first half, added three more in the second to help his side to victory.

SOUTH AFRICA 58 England 10, May 2007 - England tour of South Africa.

South Africa ran riot at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, cruising to their biggest victory over England . The tourists had over 30 players missing due to illness, injury and club responsibilities, and it all took its toll in a humiliating defeat.

SOUTH AFRICA 55 England 22, June 2007 - England tour of South Africa.

England put in a much better performance a week later but still slumped to a heavy defeat. Once again missing numerous players, England were leading 19-17 at half-time. However, South Africa's class shone through in the second half and they went on to break the 50-point barrier against the visitors for the second time in a week.

England 0 SOUTH AFRICA 36, September 2007 - Rugby World Cup pool match.

South Africa embarrassed the reigning World Champions at the Stade de France. It was England's first defeat at a World Cup since the 1999 quarter-final - which was against the Springboks.

England 6 SOUTH AFRICA 15, October 2007 - Rugby World Cup final.

It was only five weeks since the Springb oks had humiliated England in Paris. England had excelled in reaching the final but came up short against a dominant South Africa. Coach Jake White led the rainbow nation to their second World Cup trophy, while also preventing England from winning back-to-back tournaments.

England 6 SOUTH AFRICA 42, November, 2008 - Autumn international.

South Africa once again hammered a woeful England in front of 81,000 spectators. This time it was in England's own backyard - a record defeat for the hosts at Twickenham.

England 11 SOUTH AFRICA 21, November 2010 - Autumn international.

England had not played South Africa for a couple of years but little had changed and the Springboks continued to be England's bogey side as they fell to a seventh straight defeat.

SOUTH AFRICA 22 England 17, June 2012 - Mid-year Rugby Test series.

South Africa came out on top in the first of a three-match series. The result showed improvement from England, who scored a try through Ben Foden, but once again they could not do enough to stop the rot.

SOUTH AFRICA 36 England 27, June 2012 - Mid-year Rugby Test series.

The Springboks were ruthless in the first half and held a 25-10 lead. However, they were forced to fight off a brave second-half comeback from England as the visitors almost overturned the deficit. Only three teams had defeated South Africa at Ellis Park, and the hosts proved to be too strong for England once again.

SOUTH AFRICA 14 England 14, June 2012 - Mid-year Rugby Test series.

England prevented a 10th consecutive defeat by earning a deserved draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. England had already lost the series but avoided the whitewash in Port Elizabeth.

England 15 SOUTH AFRICA 16, November 2012 - Autumn international.

England only just failed to go one better than the previous meeting between the two countries as South Africa edged the hosts in an intense contest. England were 16-6 down before Owen Farrell scored three second-half penalties.

England 28 SOUTH AFRICA 31, November 2014 - Autumn international.

England suffered yet another defeat to stretch their winless run to 12 games against the Springboks. The hosts once again gave themselves too much work to do in the second half as South Africa led by 14 points early in the second half. England were constantly chasing the game and the visitors were always in control, despite a late fightback.

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