England team to play South Africa: Autumn Nations Series - Ruck

England team to play South Africa: Autumn Nations Series

Eddie Jones has named his England team to play South Africa ahead of their clash at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Aussie has named Harlequins three-quarter Joe Marchant on the wing to face South Africa. It will be Marchant’s first appearance of the autumn. Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are reinstated as midfield partners while Marcus Smith starts at fly-half as expected.

Bevan Rodd will start at loosehead alongside Newcastle hooker, Jamie Blamire. Joe Marler will provide back-up after his Covid isolation, while Leicester hooker Nic Dolly will make his debut off the bench, where this a 6:2 split between forwards and backs.

Courtney Lawes will captain the side after Owen Farrell (ankle) and Jamie George (knee) were forced to withdraw from the squad with injuries sustained in last Saturday’s 32-15 win over Australia

Eddie Jones said:

“This is our biggest game of the season and the final game of the autumn campaign and we want to finish with a bang.

“We’ve been really pleased with the preparation this week and how the team has continued to develop over the past month.

“Now we want to put on our best performance this autumn in front of a capacity 82,000 crowd at Twickenham.”

England’s autumn fixtures

Where to watch the Autumn Nations Series:

Prime members can watch the Autumn Nations Series live from 30th October with the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, games consoles, on Virgin’s V6 TV Box, the Talk Talk TV set top box, Apple TV, Chromecast, BT TV or online.

For a list of all compatible devices visit amazon.co.uk/watchanywhere.

England team to play South Africa:

STARTERS: 1. Bevan Rodd 2. Jamie Blamire 3. Kyle Sinckler 4. Maro Itoje 5. Jonny Hill 6. Courtney Lawes 7. Sam Underhill 8. Tom Curry 9. Ben Youngs 10. Marcus Smith 11. Jonny May 12. Manu Tuilagi 13. Henry Slade 14. Joe Marchant 15. Freddie Steward

FINISHERS: 16. Nic Dolly 17. Joe Marler 18. Will Stuart 19. Charlie Ewels 20. Sam Simmonds 21. Alex Dombrandt 22. Raffi Quirke 23. Max Malins

EDITORS PICKS:

5 players who’ve been blacklisted by Eddie Jones – and the reason why

#1. Danny Care

Former England start Kyran Bracken was the first person to reveal why the Quins playmaker was mysteriously frozen out of Jones plans in 2018 despite being a regular up until that point.

“He (Care) made the mistake of speaking his mind to Eddie Jones and questioning how he wanted him to play when he was playing with an England ‘B’ team against Japan in the autumn of 2018,” revealed the former England scrum-half.

“Eddie’s response to that was ‘that’s not the attitude I want’ and he binned him from his plans.”

This story was later backed up by England and Harlequins teammate Mike Brown in his column for the Mail Online.

DID YOU KNOW? At age 11 he was invited to join the Academy at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club which meant giving up club rugby union for a fw years

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