Former British & Irish Lions skipper and legend Paul O’Connell has revealed that being confrontational will be key to any chances of beating the Springboks next year.
Speaking on the Will Greenwood podcast, O’Connell said that the hard nature of the men in green and gold means that fronting up to the physicality is key to the contest.
“When you go to South Africa you certainly need someone confrontational because that is their DNA.”
“You have to have a tactic to beat South Africa, to get around them and to try and trick them but you certainly have to take them on as well.
“In the scrum, in the maul – because if they begin to get on top of you in the confrontational areas, then the belief begins to grow as we saw in the World Cup final against England.”
Listen to the full interview below.