Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa move into England base

Tendai Mtawarira
South Africa play Wales in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday
South Africa v Wales
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London Date: Saturday 17 October Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

South Africa have moved into the "incredible" Pennyhill Park base vacated by eliminated World Cup hosts England.

The Bagshot facility, which opened in May 2014, is also England's regular home during the Six Nations.

"It's incredible. The media centre is pretty much bigger than my local club back home. It's unbelievable," said Springboks back row Schalk Burger.

Prop Tendai Mtawarira said it was "the best rugby facility I've trained in".

As well as a high-performance centre featuring state-of-the-art gym equipment, there is also an outdoor area with specialist set-piece training aids - dubbed the "scrum garden" by England's forwards coach Graham Rowntree.

Burger added, however, that one thing was missing.

"All the waiters and hotel staff seem to be South African. I have met about four - I think the English staff have gone on leave!" he said.

Defeats against Wales and Australia in Pool A meant England became the first nation to fail to make the knockout stages of World Cup on home soil.

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