"In 2004 we struggled against the England pack," Van der Linde told Die Volksblad. "This time we will have to be better prepared, physically. But I believe we can stand up to them.
"The seniors will have to carry more responsibility because several players are being rested and there are a number of younger players in the squad," Van der Linde said.
Van der Linde has recovered from his neck injury but faces some stiff competition from Sharks prop BJ Botha for a place in the starting line-up. Botha was in good form in the Tri Nations victories at home against New Zealand and Australia.
"BJ played well and we will be up against each other for the place in the run-on team. There is healthy competition between us," Van der Linde added.