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England v South Africa in numbers

42 - the losing margin when South Africa slumped to their heaviest ever home defeat last month, crashing 57-15 to New Zealand.

12 - the number of games South Africa have gone unbeaten by England dating back to 2006.

0 - the number of Tests victories any player in England's current squad have experienced against South Africa.

50 - the number of caps England second row Courtney Lawes will reach on Saturday.

596 - the number of caps in England's starting XV.

492 - the number of caps in South Africa's starting XV.

3 - the number of comparisons given to England flanker Tom Wood by coaching staff (Rambo, Hercules, the Wildman of Borneo).

84 - the number of caps won by Tendai Mtawarira, the most capped player in South Africa's starting XV.

31 - the number of consecutive Tests South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth will have played on Saturday.

50 - England's highest winning margin in the fixture, a 53-3 triumph at Twickenham in 2002.


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