Will Jordan right up for first Springboks encounter

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Jordan has memories of favourite All Blacks-Springboks Tests in the past, with replacement wing Israel Dagg's match-winning try created by second five-eighths Ma'a Nonu's shoeless midfield break in 2010 giving the All Blacks a 29-22 win. There were also other early mornings getting up to watch the encounters.


He doesn't need reminding they are always physical contests, and as a member of the back three, there is always an awareness that balls will be kicked in his direction.


"It's probably no secret we're going to get a few high balls. That's a huge part of the South Africans' DNA, with the ability to kick and put pressure on teams and apply pressure that way," he said.



“As a back three, we've got a few plans in place on how to combat that. I think the main thing is when the ball goes up in the air, it's a competition, and making sure we're up for that competition, and doing our best to get up and win it back.”

Will Jordan




"In the past, I've enjoyed that challenge. I see it as a competition and take pride in getting up to try to win that ball back. Whether we're kicking it or they're kicking it, I know myself, Jordie [Barrett], and Bridgey [George Bridge] will be looking to get up.


"It's about keeping your eye on the ball and just going up and getting it," he said.



It might be his first Test against South Africa, but his preparation didn't change. It was another opportunity to extend his already impressive record that has yielded 11 tries from eight Tests, five of them starts.


"It's hard to say too much about the Springboks because I haven't played them yet, but as [with] any young player, you're looking for opportunities. This week is another one of those.


"Whether it's been Tonga, Fiji, Australia or Argentina this year, every Test I've got has been an opportunity for me to go out and get some Test experience and get a feel for what it's all about. It's just the same this week. It's a different challenge and it is pretty exciting," he said.


And while it was South Africa, the advice from those who have faced them before was no different from other Tests.


"It's just about being comfortable with my role and my structure within the team game and then being able to go out on Saturday and express myself.


"That's been my focus over the last couple of months in camp, and it's no different this week," he said.



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