But Saturday‚ the forecast says‚ should by dry and partly cloudy.
Whatever the weather‚ it will be a Red Letter day for Damian de Allende‚ who will start at fullback for the first time.
“We’ve always had Willie le Roux available‚ and that’s a luxury‚” Erasmus said.
“Luckily Damian has been with us for most of the Test matches and he’s very comfortable in the setup.
“You have to start a Test match somewhere and I don’t think it gets much bigger than Twickenham against England.”
Then there’s what Erasmus described as‚ “Jislaaik — there’s four locks!”
But one of them‚ Pieter-Steph du Toit will spend “probably about 40” minutes in the tight five before being moved to flank.
That’s Erasmus’s plan to ease back into the fray all 2.05 metres of Lood de Jager‚ who has been out with torn pectoral since May 12 and has been named on the bench.
Still another part of the blueprint was the bigger work in progress‚ as Erasmus explained: “We’re in the process of evolving from just being a grunting‚ bulking‚ running-over-you team.”
The XV shows seven changes from the side that started South Africa’s last match‚ against New Zealand at Loftus Versveld on October 6. Did all the unnecessary tinkering irk Erasmus?