Eddie Jones retains 25 players ahead of South Africa Test
Eddie Jones has retained 25 players to continue England’s preparation for the first Test of the Quilter Internationals against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday (KO 3pm live on Sky Sports HD).
In addition Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) will remain in Portugal to continue his rehabilitation.
Lawes rejoined the squad in Portugal on Monday evening having returned to England for treatment on a back injury at the weekend.
Forwards coach Steve Borthwick said they were hopeful to have Lawes available for next weekend’s Test against New Zealand.
“He’s feeling positive,” said Borthwick. “He’s done plenty of work already this morning (Tuesday) and is progressing well.”
The 23-man match day squad will be announced on Thursday before returning to London.
The group includes uncapped forward trio Zach Mercer, Ben Moon and Elliott Stooke.