Nick Easter believes it would a mistake to hand Maro Itoje the England No6 jersey against a monstrous Springbok pack.
He instead wants to see him remain in the second-row before revealing his choice for the back-row.
Easter said: “Maro Itoje should play at lock because you need your best second rows and I would go for Michael Rhodes at No.6 with Tom Curry at No.7 and Ben Morgan at No.8 with Zach Mercer on the bench.
“Lock is where you are going to get the best out of Itoje in terms of dominating his opposite number.
“Itoje’s best games have been at lock and there are other people who have a skill set at No.6 that he is lacking.