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Eddie Jones cuts England squad ahead of Springbok clash

  • Tom Wood is set to make his first England appearance in over a year after being named in the 25-man squad
  • Eddie Jones’ men are preparing for Saturday’s Test against South Africa at Twickenham.
  • It is understood he will start at open-side flanker, with Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola completing the back row
England have retained 25 players in their squad to prepare for their November Test opener against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

England are looking for their first win against the Springboks since 2006.

It is understood Tom Wood will start at open-side flanker, with Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola completing the back row.

Jonny May will also feature for the first time under boss Eddie Jones following his lengthy injury lay-off.

Forwards Charlie Ewels (Bath), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Teimana Harrison (Northampton) and Ben Morgan (Gloucester) return to their clubs.



As do backs Alex Goode (Saracens), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath) and Henry Slade (Exeter).

Jones will name his side to face South Africa on Thursday for the first of four games in their end-of-year series.

The remaining players include four who have not been capped by England – Josh Beaumont, Nathan Hughes, Kyle Sinckler and Ben Te’o.

England squad
Forwards: Dave Attwood, Josh Beaumont, Dan Cole, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, Kyle Sinckler, Tommy Taylor, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Tom Wood
Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ben Te’o, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs

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