England's Tom Curry is expecting a physical clash against the Springboks. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Boyers

LONDON – England flank Tom Curry said his side will be ready for the physical approach of South Africa during their three-match series starting in Johannesburg on June 9.

Having played against the Springboks at age grade level for England, Curry is aware of the physical challenge that awaits them this summer.

"At every age group the South Africans just want to smash the English so we’re pretty prepared," said Curry.

"From Under-18s, Under-20s to the first team, you know what the they’re going to bring so you just want to match them physically first."

The Sale Sharks man put in another impressive performance in the Quilter Cup loss to the Barbarians over the weekend, with Jones singling him out for praise.

It was his first outing in an England shirt since his playing against Argentina last summer and Curry says he is thinking of how to help his teammates rather than about his individual performance. 

“I’m not really fussed, I just do what’s best for the team," said the 19-year-old.

England's squad for South Africa will convene this week after the domestic season ended with Saracens beating Exeter in the Premiership final over the weekend.

Curry beleives that the arrival of the players from those two sides will give added impetus ahead of the first Test against the Springboks.

“The Baa Baas game was a stepping stone," he added. "We’ve only had the guys in for two weeks and some of them are brand new to the camp, so once we all get together it’s going to be an exciting squad and a great experience."  

African News Agency (ANA)

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