Issued on: 10/11/2021 – 7:12 PM
Edinburgh (AFP) – Scottish Chris Harris enjoys the prospect of facing South Africa again after losing in Springbok hands during this year’s British and Irish Lions tour.
The center was one of eight Scottish internationals involved in the Lions’ 2-1 series defeat in South Africa in July and August.
“I would like to make another jump in the Springboks,” said Harris on Wednesday. “Losing the third Test was obviously a disappointing end to a great tour so having another chance to play against them will be great.
“I would like to think that what I learned about South Africa over the summer can help me this weekend … Gregor and Steve were involved too, so I think we’re pretty much ready for what to expect this week . “
Scotland beat Australia 15:13 in Murrayfield on Sunday, the day after the Springboks kicked off their European tour with a 23:18 win over Wales at the rainy Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
“They are obviously a decent team and they took a hard-fought win against Wales recently so it will be a tough test,” said Harris, who plays club rugby with Gloucester in the England Premiership.
“It will be a little different than against Australia, but we have enough experience in the squad and the right coaching group to put us in a good position for Saturday.”
Scotland, which scored away wins against England and France in the 2021 Six Nations, will host Japan on November 20, which they defeated in the 2019 World Cup.
“The squad is very confident,” said Harris. “We’ve obviously had a pretty decent last 10 months really starting to play.
“That, along with various guys who went away on the Lions tour and gained experience to bring them into this campaign, was tremendous.”
Townsend will name his team for South Africa on Thursday, with the Springboks having already announced their team.
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