So who's going to win?

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Mike Tindall, World Cup winner

Play it right and England have a great chance. I don't know by how many points, but who cares? Last week's game was there for whoever wanted to win it if they played their natural game, but it turned into a strategic battle. If I could give any advice it would be to make sure that doesn't happen. If England can express themselves, they have a good chance.

Jonathan Davies, ex-Wales captain

I am truly in two minds, but I think South Africa will win if they get ahead early, by 10 points or so. England will struggle to play catch-up if they allow South Africa to get a few scores ahead. And this will happen unless England hit the ground running as the Boks have a tremendous back row, a brilliant scrum-half in Fourie du Preez and in Montgomery and Habana a great goal-kicker and great try-scorer. But if England can hang in there for 70 minutes, they'll just sneak it.

Gregor Townsend, former Lions fly-half

South Africa will win by 15 points. They have been the most consistent attackers. Their average score must be close to 30. England have tremendous team spirit but have averaged about 13. They would need at least 25 to beat South Africa and I can't see that.

Ian Robertson, ex-Scots international, now BBC

England will win by two points because their forwards have every opportunity to stuff the Springboks in the scrum. Their big plan will be to thunder away in the scrums.

J J Williams, former Wales and Lions wing

South Africa will win by eight to 10 points. Habana, Montgomery and Du Preez make the difference. But I wouldn't be surprised if England win. Confidence is high and their match players are on form.

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