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FFOREIGN EXCHANGE commerce is, for the most part, a youngster’s game. Find a veteran whose memory stretches beyond a few decades, and he’ll tell you that there are really only two numbers that matter to the pound. These are 1.40 and 2.00, the limits of its normal trading range against the US dollar. Since 1985, every time he has touched one or the other, a turning point is due (see graph).

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That was until June 2016, when Britain’s vote to leave the European Union caused the pound to collapse. The fallout has kept him there ever since. Political headlines have become a constant predictor of fluctuations in the pound’s exchange rates, prompting comparisons to emerging markets. Foreign investors looked at UK assets with disgust, fearing that they would be valued in a currency that could dip further if the most disruptive version of Brexit comes through. Those who wanted to hedge against this risk found it increasingly costly to do so as speculators were betting on the pound taking another beating.

In this case, the mauling did not take place. Although the trade agreement signed between Great Britain and the EU excluding funding for fisheries, the transition period ended in a more orderly fashion than many had feared. As the deal loomed, bets against the British pound began to unwind, making it cheaper for overseas buyers to hedge currency risk on sterling assets. Foreign investors have flocked to gilts (UK government bonds) like never before, buying a record £ 89.8 billion ($ 127.4 billion) in the year through April 2021. The pound even spent the last month trading above $ 1.40.

Foreign enthusiasm for gilts is not just due to a resurgent pound. Rapid vaccine deployment indicates a faster resumption of the covid-19 pandemic in Britain than elsewhere in Europe. This, combined with the fact that the Bank of England is generally seen as more hawkish than the European Central Bank, means that the interest rate on UK government debt is comparatively attractive. “It becomes easier to sell gilts with a return of 0.81% when people look at France’s 0.17%,” says Kit Juckes of Société Générale, a bank.

The political risk remains, especially in the form of a looming struggle over the future of Scotland. But the fiscal impact of a Scottish exit on the rest of Britain would be moderate and on the rise. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Scotland accounted for 9.2% of Britain’s total government spending and around 8% of its tax revenue. And some of that income would likely be kept, as the financial firms currently headquartered in Edinburgh have decamped to London. “Hive Scotland off, and the rest of the UK from a budget deficit of around 2% to GDP at one of about 1.5%, ”says Thomas Pugh of Capital Economics, a consulting firm.

It will not be easy in the months to come. A row between Westminster and Brussels over the implementation of trade rules in Northern Ireland threatens to reopen the arguments that led to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. It would hurt Britain’s business prospects. Meanwhile, the Treasury is considering giving the government a veto on stock quotes for reasons of national security could reduce the attractiveness of the country’s financial markets for foreign companies. But for now, the money looks set to keep pouring in. UK, says Mr. Juckes. “There must be an opportunity there. ”

This article appeared in the Great Britain section of the print edition under the headline “Gilt-y Pleasure”

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UK government turns children’s prisons into schools Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:09:59 +0000

MORE THAT a century ago, a prison in Borstal, Kent, reserved a wing for its youngest inmates. The teens had ended up with older delays, but officials hoped special treatment would help them recover. As Evelyn Ruggles-Brise of the Prison Commission said, education and exercise would save ‘young thugs’ from a ‘usual crime career’.

Today the reformers are taking their chances again. Next year, on a site down the road from Borstal prison, the first “secure school” will open. The aim is to dismantle the violent detention centers in which most children find themselves, and thus reduce recidivism. The government promises that the new facilities will have “education and health” at their heart.

Over the past decade, the number of under-18s behind bars in England and Wales has fallen by two-thirds (see graph). But as the prisons now hold only the most disadvantaged young people, conditions have deteriorated. Incidents in which inmates had to be restrained increased by 54% in the five years leading up to the pandemic. Self-harm has doubled.

A government report in 2016 noted that half of 15 to 17 year olds in prison do not have better reading skills than the average 11 year old. He recommended moving young people to new institutions run by the charities which now run most of England’s secondary schools. Ultimately, the goal is to create enough secure schools to accommodate the majority of detained children.

Oasis, a charity that operates 53 schools, was chosen to establish the first. Steve Chalke, the outfit’s founder, insists it will “not just be a detention center by any other name.” The school will employ educators rather than guards, and will have “rooms” not cells. Volunteers will organize activities during downtime, such as art and recording studio sessions. The institution will not be able to accommodate more than 49 children.

Smaller structures should make it easier to accommodate young people close to their families and to set up outreach programs that reintegrate them when they leave. In recent years, the government has closed many detention centers that no longer hold many prisoners, which means children are often sent to institutions far from their homes. Two-thirds break the law within a year of release.

Not everyone is optimistic. The school will use premises vacated by a prison that has been prosecuted by allegations of assault on staff. Frances Crook of the Howard League, a charity, doubts that a gentler form of custody could be created in such a building.

The government must amend the law on charitable status, to make explicit which charities are allowed to operate prisons, one of the reasons for the school’s opening, scheduled for last fall , tarde. In February, a House of Commons committee said the slow progress did not inspire confidence that more would arrive soon.

The number of children detained could fall further. More than 30% are in pre-trial detention and two-thirds do not end up with jail terms when their cases are tried. But John Drew of the Prison Reform Trust, a pressure group, thinks it is nonetheless worth knowing whether educational charities can bring a “different ethic” to juvenile detention in cases where it is unavoidable. As Ruggles-Brise might have said, young thugs deserve better.

This article appeared in the Great Britain section of the print edition under the title “Chained to the desk”

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UK opens inquiry into British Airways and Ryanair into refunds Thu, 10 Jun 2021 06:00:00 +0000

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into the national carrier, British Airways (BA) and Irish airline Ryanair to find out whether they violated consumer law by not offering of reimbursement to customers who could not legally take flights due to Covid-19 Blockages.

During the closures, the two airlines refused to reimburse passengers who were legally unable to fly, with British Airways offering vouchers or a new reservation and Ryanair offering the option to change reservations, the Xinhua news agency said citing the CMA, an independent non-ministerial department, as in a statement Wednesday.

The two companies may have broken consumer law and left people unfairly out of pocket by not offering them a refund, he added.

“While we understand that airlines have gone through a difficult time during the pandemic, people should not be unfairly left behind for following the law,” said Andrea Coscelli, CMA chief executive.

“Customers booked these flights in good faith and were legally unable to take them due to circumstances completely beyond their control. We believe these people should have been offered a refund,” Coscelli said.

The watchdog said it “is now seeking to resolve these issues with businesses, which may include seeking refunds or other remedies for affected customers.”

Responding to the inquiry, a BA spokesperson was quoted by Sky News as saying he had “acted legally at all times”.

The spokesperson said the airline has made more than 3 million refunds and helped millions of customers change their travel dates or destinations during the pandemic.

At the same time, Sky News also quoted Ryanair as saying the company “has approached these refund requests on a case-by-case basis and paid refunds in justified cases.”

“Since June 2020 all of our customers have also been able to book their flights without paying any change fees and millions of our UK customers have taken advantage of this option,” the airline added.


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British ‘don’t understand’ how northern cargo controls threaten unionism, MP says Wed, 09 Jun 2021 12:41:05 +0000

Brits ‘don’t understand’ how post-Brexit controls on goods between UK and Northern Ireland undermine identity of trade unionists, chairman of Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee says .

Simon Hoare, Conservative MP for North Devon, was responding to remarks by senior loyalist Billy Hutchinson that the Northern Ireland protocol was “a threat to the Britishness of the people”.

Mr Hutchinson, who heads the Progressive Unionist Party, told the committee that loyalty “feels threatened right now, feels threatened for a number of reasons”.

The biggest threat, he said, was for the North to remain in the European Union’s single market as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by London and Brussels to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“We are the only region in the UK to [in the EU single market] and that means our whole economy will be aligned elsewhere and not with the UK, and that’s a threat to the Britishness of the people, ”Mr Hutchinson told MPs.

The former Ulster Volunteer Force chief said the arrangement violates the principle of consent, enshrined in the Belfast Accord, and “it forces people to take a path they don’t need to borrow”.

“It seems that this principle of consent has been flouted, or at least altered, in an attempt to scare unionism,” Hutchinson added.

Mr Hoare insisted that regulatory checks at Irish Sea ports only concern goods and not citizens.

“It’s not a border for people, it’s just regulatory control,” he said. “There are a lot of my friends and others who don’t understand how anyone can identify their sense of national belonging and identity by the customs arrangements which, for example, move their cornflakes from the Tesco warehouse in Daventry to the Tesco shelf in Belfast, and how people would identify who they belong to and who they identify with as a result of that.

Mr Hoare insisted that there was no constitutional impact of the protocol, which he said gave the North a “golden opportunity” to gain access to EU markets and from the United Kingdom.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party leader Michael Gove and Dublin had all assured that “the only way the constitutional settlement of Northern Ireland can be affected, modified or adjusted is through a border survey. “, he said.

“Isn’t that the assurance that the protocol is not about aggression or constitutional challenge, isn’t that enough?” he asked, during a hearing of the commission of inquiry into the arrangement.

But Mr Hutchinson said: “I’m not sure that’s enough.”

“I think we have to describe what happens when we are in the [EU] single market and what happens after Brexit is over, ”he said. “There will always be a border between us and the UK. “

Mr Hutchinson said it was up to the UK government to explain to loyalists that if the North remains in the EU’s single market after Brexit is over, “where does that leave people in Northern Ireland? in terms of Britishness “.

“People think ahead of time what kind of pressure is on them or what it leaves us, and no one has told us,” he said.

Political problem

Mr Hutchinson described the protocol as a “trade deal with the EU” which is “a political problem” and “can only be solved by political solutions”.

History shows that if there is a political vacuum in the North, “it will be filled with violence,” he said, but added, “I don’t think we’ve reached that yet.

But he said ‘people are angry’ in loyalist communities because they ‘misunderstand how Brexit is going to play out and people haven’t realized that Brexit would have a bigger impact on Ireland North than the rest of the UK “.

“The reality is that it’s the UK’s job to make sure they work with the [Stormont] The executive needs to move forward and make sure it is easier for politicians to argue that there should be no violence, ”he said.

Mr Hutchinson said he did not accept the ‘pie in the sky’ argument that the North would attract international investment because of its unique access to EU and UK markets.

On allegations that an American company with offices in the North was worried about its employees during the recent loyalist riots, Mr Hutchinson said: “You have to be very careful when telling me about America. Irish America funded the deaths of British citizens across Europe, so we need to remember that as well. “

A trade union “convention” was needed to discuss the protocol while Dublin and Belfast were also to sit down and work out how to resolve the issues and present their findings to Brussels, he told the committee.

“Our strategy has to be crafted through a convention – I don’t care who calls it and who runs it, but I do care that we get along and do it,” he said.

“Unionism must be seen as it is in terms of size, and we are not seen that way. We are constantly behind the eight ball. We have to fend off the eight balls and say how wonderful we are. “

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Ragga Kristinsdottir wins Stroke Play at British amateur and moves on to Match Play Tue, 08 Jun 2021 19:30:36 +0000

Ragga Kristinsdottir wins Stroke Play at British amateur and moves on to Match Play

British Amateur winner secures entry to AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, Evian Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.

The women’s amateur championship

AYRSHIRE, Scotland –

Senior East Kentucky Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir won the stroke game of the 118th British Women’s Amateur Championship at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club. Along with 63 other people, Kristinsdottir will now take part in the match play portion of the event, which ends on Saturday.

Kristinsdottir started playing on Monday with a first round score of 74 (+1). The Reykjavik, Iceland native took the lead on Tuesday after a second round at 7 under 66. His second round included eight birdies. Kristinsdottir had three birdies and a bogey on the first nine holes and made the 2-under turn. She had five more birdies in the last nine to go down to 7 under the lap.

With a total of 140 (-6) in two-round stroke play, Kristinsdottir finished two strokes ahead of Amy Taylor (142) and Hannah Darling (142).

The winner of the British Amateur wins entry to the AIG Women’s Open, US Women’s Open, Evian Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as lifting the historic trophy.

“I threw the putter pretty quickly,” Kristinsdottir told the R&A website ( “I hit the ball pretty well and managed to get out of trouble, but all the accessories for the putter today. I did a few midrange putts in the 15 to 30 foot range.”

The Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1893 by the Ladies Golf Union and was first played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes with Lady Margaret Scott crowned champion.

Kristinsdottir led Eastern Kentucky and the conference with an average of 72.89 points last season, 1.2 strokes less than any other player. She won All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for the third year in a row and set a new program record for single-season race average.

The match play phase begins on Wednesday with each tie consisting of an 18-hole round with Saturday’s final being played over 36 holes. The 36-hole final round will be broadcast live on The R&A YouTube and Facebook accounts as well as on Kristinsdottir will face Ireland’s Aine Donegan in the first round. Donegan placed 64th in stroke play with a total of 36 holes of 159 (+13).

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20-year-old Briton dies after falling from Pattaya balcony Tue, 08 Jun 2021 03:11:15 +0000

As the Thai government continues to step up its vaccination rollout and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insists that there will be enough vaccines for everyone, many Thais have lost confidence. And the few who can afford it fly abroad – at a significant cost – to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Coconuts reports that the reasons for doing so are varied… some have underlying health issues, others want an alternative to Chinese Sinovac or locally produced AstraZeneca.

Online personality Jakkrit Yompayorm aka Kru Tom Kam Thai (Teacher Tom Teaching Thai) shared photos on social media thanking the US government after receiving the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“Done! Welcome to your normal life. Thank you, US government.

Jakkrit was able to get the vaccine at a Walmart store in the United States after giving out his name and answering a few questions about his health. This contrasts sharply with the bureaucratic process surrounding the vaccine rollout in Thailand, whereby people must first be considered eligible, then try to sign up on a platform that doesn’t always work, then wait for an appointment. you and hope it’s not. canceled, then show up with their official ID and stand in line, often for hours.

For Thai nationals who have renounced their government and can afford to travel to be vaccinated, a number of travel agencies offer vaccine packages, in which the tours are combined with the vaccination. They are not cheap, ranging from 67,000 to 245,000 baht, and in some cases the cost of a 14-day quarantine upon returning to Thailand is more than the cost of traveling abroad.

In Jakkrit’s case, he paid just over 20,000 baht for his return trip to the United States, but over 30,000 baht for his stay in quarantine on his return – despite the fact that he received 2 doses of Pfizer vaccine.

Suwincha “Chacha” Singsuwan, also traveled to the United States to be vaccinated after realizing that she would not be vaccinated anytime soon in Thailand. She is young, with no underlying health issues, but runs several bars and restaurants in Bangkok and feels responsible for protecting the more than 60 employees who work for her.

With bars in Thailand currently closed indefinitely, she decided to visit her sister in the United States and get the vaccine at the same time. She says that despite the fact that she is not a U.S. citizen and does not have health insurance, she was able to get the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine without difficulty.

Sucha Nuntaworanuch, who has family in the United States, watched from Thailand as her parents and siblings were all vaccinated and realized her only hope for vaccination was to join them.

She too received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, administered at a Costco store. She says she got in and out in half an hour, which only increased her frustration with the Thai government.

The United States received a lot of vaccines, but why didn’t Thailand import them? I felt a lot of empathy for the Thais who could not register for the vaccines. “

SOURCE: Coconut

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UK consumer confidence growing | New Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:25:22 +0000

UK – Consumer confidence in the UK improved in May, according to the most recent analysis by YouGov and the Center for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

The Consumer Confidence Index rose 3.1 points to 113.6 over the past month, the highest level recorded by YouGov since May 2016.

A score above 100 suggests that more consumers are confident than not.

The index is based on consumer confidence data collected from 6,000 monthly online interviews with UK respondents, including questions on household finances, house prices, job security and the level of business activity at their workplace over the past 30 days and the next 12 months.

Fieldwork for the most recent research was conducted between 1st May 31stst May.

The index found that people’s confidence in their personal finances improved by 2.7 points over the past month.

The outlook among workers for job security in the coming year saw the largest increase in confidence, rising 5.1 points to 118.9.

The number of workers who felt their jobs had become more secure in the past month also increased, improving by 2.9 points.

Kay Neufeld, head of forecasting and thought leadership at the Center for Economics and Business Research, said: “The YouGov /Cebr The Consumer Confidence Index indicates another sharp increase in sentiment in May as people flocked to pubs and restaurants after some restrictions on indoor socialization were lifted.

“As the economic recovery accelerates, labor shortages have become evident, as evidenced by further significant increases in past and prospective job security measures. Although extremely positive, the latest figures on consumer confidence show that business activity in the workplace has increased only slightly from the previous reading, suggesting that companies may find it difficult to increase production based on growing consumer demand. “

]]> 0 EU and UK regulators open antitrust investigations on Facebook – JURIST – News Sun, 06 Jun 2021 15:58:34 +0000

The European Commission, in cooperation with the UK Competition and Markets Authority, opened a formal antitrust investigation Friday to find out if Facebook has violated EU competition law.

According to Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, head of EU competition policy, more than seven million businesses use Facebook for their ads. The investigation follows the social media platform’s alleged use of competitor advertising data to advance in the markets in which it operates. The survey also aims to examine whether there are any links between the online classifieds service “Facebook Marketplace” and the platform itself.

EU and UK regulators will assess whether Facebook is using its position to get ahead of its competitors by exploiting commercially valuable data provided to it through the “Facebook Marketplace”. One way to do this is to receive accurate information about user preferences from competitor activities, and then use that information to adapt in order to reach consumers.

In light of this investigation, Vestager stated that, “[I]n today’s digital economy, data should not be used in a way that distorts competition.

If the allegations are proven, there may be potential violations of the articles. 101 and 102 of Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). These articles deal with competition rules relating to anti-competitive agreements between companies and abuse of a dominant position.

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Faisal Malik: “I want to take UFC to Pakistan,” says Anglo-Asian MMA fighter looking to make history Sat, 05 Jun 2021 05:54:30 +0000
Malik’s grandfather was a wrestler in Pakistan

There has never been a UFC champion of Anglo-Asian heritage – but Faisal Malik is hoping to change that.

Newly signed to the European MMA Cage Warriors Tour and with a 5-0 winning record in the sport, the 27-year-old comes from Pakistani descent and dreams of one day leading a fight for the UFC title in Lahore.

Once overweight and overtaken by the wrong crowd, he’s a rising star awaiting his first fight against Cage Warriors – but is already confident to add his name to the list of more than 100 fighters who have gone from promotion to promotion. ‘UFC.

“This is clearly the path I want to take,” he told BBC Sport. “It’s a step forward, but it’s a step forward that I’ve wanted for a long time.

“I’m ready to jump into Cage Warriors and show what I’m made of. Since turning pro I’ve finished all of my fights in one minute. I’m looking to continue like this.”

Where did it all start?

Malik trained in boxing until the age of 15 and started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 16.

He developed a formidable reputation and says he was so prolific in tournaments that coaches of other fighters were waiting for him outside.

“They would say, ‘Show us your ID card. Who are you? You can’t do that,'” he said.

“Almost 16-19, I didn’t concede a point.”

It was also a time in his life where he could have gotten into trouble – until he discovered MMA.

“My older brother and a few friends were like, ‘Why are you wasting time on the road when you can channel that energy into a sport?’” He said.

From there he stumbled upon the UFC.

“I was looking for places to learn,” he says. “My brother found a place and so did my friends. So I went there and tapped a million times and I was like ‘fuck I need to learn this’.

“When I was about 22, I turned pro. My whole life is dedicated to MMA because it’s no joke.”

Having a good role model also helps – Malik’s grandfather had notable success in combat sports.

“He was fighting in Pakistan, Kashmir,” says Malik. “It’s always been a motivation and I still believe it’s genetic.

“He was a champion, so I always grew up listening to stories. He inspired me.”

Faisal also grew up watching former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, but it’s the two men painted behind him as he sat in his gym that now inspires.

“In MMA, it’s George St-Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov,” he says. “That’s why I have them in my gym. My biggest inspiration are these two and the way they define themselves as a human being, the way they behave – in the cage and outside. . “

Being an Anglo-Pakistani Muslim

Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik prays before a fight

One of Malik’s big goals is to bring the UFC to Pakistan.

“This is where my roots are,” he says. “So just to go back… imagine how crazy that would be.

“By promoting MMA in Pakistan it will promote the whole MMA scene and the guys will start to show up.”

Malik’s faith – as well as his heritage – is also very important to him.

“That’s the first thing, sport comes next,” he says.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m just grateful that I got off the road, I’m in the gym and believe it’s a blessing from Allah.”

Malik says his family were initially anxious about his struggles, but they support him.

“What they didn’t like was when I started to get more and more serious, but my dad always supported me,” he says.

“At first they thought I was doing this just to lose weight because I was overweight until about 19 years old – around 110 kg,” says Malik, who now struggles at bantamweight, eats better and leads a healthier life.

“They support me. They don’t like it when I get punched in the face, but they still support me.”

Opening of a sports hall

Malik is still at the start of his career but is already planning to open a gym in Luton and offer free sessions to underprivileged young people to get into MMA.

“MMA is pretty new and where I’m from there isn’t really a gym,” he says.

“I have seven coaches for different disciplines. I want to bring everything in-house so these kids don’t have to travel across the country.”

Malik says his goal is to show that “anything is possible”.

“I was overweight and came from the streets and now I’m a professional fighter, 5-0 and about to shoot in UFC Insha’Allah,” he says.

“I want to help children with mental health issues, even adults. I believe that fitness is the number one medicine.

“My goal since the gym is pretty much to create top fighters, I’m talking about UFC world champion.

“I want to show that if I can do it, they can do it too, and I want to help as much as possible along the way.”

An animal without a cage

Faisal Malik
Malik shows his skills in the cage

So how would Malik describe himself in a nutshell?

“Animal,” he said.

“I think in about two or three fights I’ll be in the UFC – it could happen. There’s so much more to my game than anyone has ever seen because I smashed that whole lot in a minute. .

“I saw the Cage Warriors champion, I saw all these guys. I’m going to smoke it.

“I have to stay humble and not waste my time. But it will come soon. I will be ready.”

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Every game of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa will be exclusively live on Sky Sports; fans who don’t have Sky will be able to catch all the action via the NOW streaming service, which offers daily and monthly passes

Last update: 04/06/21 2:10 p.m.

Jacques Nienaber will unveil his Springboks squad live on Sky Sports Action from 5.30pm on Saturday, ahead of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa this summer.

The Springboks will name a 45-man squad to face Georgia in two warm-up tests on July 2 and 9. The team will then stay together until the game between the British and Irish Lions and South Africa A on July 14, after which numbers will be reduced ahead of South Africa’s three-test run against Tourists Warren Gatland.

The opening test against Georgia next month will be the first time the Boks have entered the pitch since they beat England in the World Cup final in November 2019, and will also be Nienaber’s first time. at the helm for one game since taking over from Rassie as head coach. Erasmus, who stepped down from his daily coaching duties to become director of rugby in South Africa.

The Springboks haven't played a test since winning the 2019 World Cup

The Springboks haven’t played a test since winning the 2019 World Cup

The team will again be led by Siya Kolisi, who made history as the Boks’ first black captain in June 2018, and then led the team to glory in Tokyo 19 months ago.

Surprise caps are expected to be announced on Saturday, including that of Bulls opener Morne Steyn, who made his Test debut against the Lions in 2009 and won the series for the home side with a last-minute penalty in the second Test. at Loftus Versfeld. The 36-year-old hasn’t played international rugby since October 2016.

Morne Steyn (c) kicked South Africa for a series victory over the Lions in 2009 in what was his second selection for the Boks

Morne Steyn (c) kicked South Africa for a series victory over the Lions in 2009 in what was his second selection for the Boks

Leicester Tigers No.8 Jasper Wiese, who is seen as a potential understudy for World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen, is a potential bolter plying his trade in the Premiership, while some fans in South Africa have called for the inclusion of the Harlequins pilot Tyrone Green. Green’s Quins teammates Andre Esterhuizen and Wilco Louw are said to be part of the talks between Nienaber and Erasmus.

There could also be places for some of Sale’s contingent, with twins Jean-Luc and Daniel du Preez impressive this season, while hooker Akker van der Merwe could hear his name called for the extended squad after retirement. of Schalk Brits at the end of the World Cup.

Cheslin Kolbe is swarmed by teammates after scoring a try in World Cup final

Cheslin Kolbe is swarmed by teammates after scoring a try in World Cup final

Van der Merwe’s younger brother Duhan was named to the Gatland Lions squad last month after his blistering debut in the on-wing rugby test match for Scotland.

Many familiar names will also be announced on Saturday, including those of Toulouse Heineken Champions Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe and Montpellier half-backs Handre Pollard and Cobus Reinach, who helped their team win the Challenge Cup last month.

Munster’s pair Damian from Allende and RG Snyman are also expected to be on Springbok’s plans, as is former Ulster back rower Marcell Coetzee.

Watch the South Africa squad’s live announcement on Sky Sports Action from 5.30 p.m. Saturday

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