SPRINGBOKS coach Jake White last night launched the World Cup mind games for France 2007, by declaring: "England will feel the pressure more than us."
South Africa and Sir Clive Woodward's world champions will again face a pool stage showdown that promises to shape their respective tournament destinies.
If England repeat their victory of the 2003 World Cup, then they are likely to face a quarter-final rematch with Wales, probably in Cardiff.
Defeat though, and Australia, the team England dramatically beat to lift the Webb Ellis Cup last November, loom large.
The first of several dress rehearsals will be staged at Twickenham in November when South Africa arrive as one of England's three autumn Test opponents.
Current momentum in the fixture is with England - they haven't lost to South Africa since a narrow Pretoria defeat almost four years ago - but both White and England coach Andy Robinson know that a lot could happen between now and September 2007, when the sixth Rugby World Cup kicks off.
South Africa apart, yesterday's draw at a Dublin city centre restaurant could also see England reunited with the tough-tackling Samoans.
England's five-strong pool will include the winners of the Oceania qualifying group, which is likely to be Samoa, although Fiji will challenge them strongly.
Samoa pushed England all the way in Melbourne last October, creating a real prospect of an astonishing upset before the eventual tournament winners gain the upper hand.
The third-best Americas qualifier, probably the USA, and the second qualifiers from a repechage competition, possibly Tonga, will complete England's equation.
South Africa are currently at a low ebb, having struggled for form in the international arena and been dogged by off-field problems, and many English fans still remember them for the acts of reckless foul play that marred their 53-3 defeat at Twickenham in 2002.
WORLD CUP 2007 DRAW
POOL A: ENGLAND, South Africa, Oceania 1, Americas 3, Repechage 2 POOL B: Australia, Wales, Oceania 2, Americas 2, Asia 1 POOL C: New Zealand, Scotland, Europe 1, Europe 2, Repechage 1 POOL D: France, Ireland, Americas 1, Europe 3, Africa 1