England host South Africa Rugby looking to end their autumn international schedule on a high heading into 2023 and the World Cup. Buoyed by the draw with New Zealand, Eddie Jones’ side enter the contest against the Springboks with added confidence after finding form late.
The ‘Bomb Squad’ represent a difficult test for England and the arena champions might be determined to make a declaration after securing a far-wished victory over Italy last week, finishing a -sport losing streak with the agonising losses to France and Ireland.
There is anxiety between the coaches too, with Jones performing to intention a shot at his counterpart Rassie Erasmus, who will complete a ban after a sequence of sarcastic tweets criticising officials.
When is England vs South Africa Rugby?
The England Rose vs Springboks Rugby match will kick off at 5.30pm GMT on Saturday 26 November at Twickenham in London.
How can I watch England vs South Africa?
The 2022 autumn internationals, the match will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video, which can be accessed across a range of digital devices. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber start a free 30-day trial here.
What is the team news?
England have dropped Jack Willis for their very last suit of the fall towards South Africa on Saturday with a view to boost their line-out alternatives.
Prop Mako Vunipola and hooker Jamie George have changed Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie in anticipation of the Springboks’ forward-led assault.
Wing Tommy Freeman makes his first look because the July tour to Australia at the fee of Jack Nowell and Alex Coles comes in for Sam Simmonds at blindside flanker.
Eddie Jones has retained the half of-again partnership of Jack van Poortvliet and Marcus Smith with Owen Farrell continuing at inside centre. And Manu Tuilagi wins his 50th cap having made his debut in opposition to Wales in 2011.
Eben Etzebeth returns to the starting XV and could associate his antique faculty teammate Marvin Orie at lock, while Jese Kriel is returned at out of doors centre alongside Damian de Allende.
Makazole Mapimpi has been selected inside the region of Cheslin Kolbe, who is not to be had, with the rest of the returned three presenting fellow wing Kurt-Lee Arendse and Willie le Roux at fullback. Flyhalf Damian Willemse and scrumhalf Faf de Klerk preserve their budding partnership.
Evan Roos will start at number eight with Jasper Wiese additionally out of the combination, and he’ll % down in the back of the scrum with Franco Mostert and captain Siya Kolisi. The front row contains props Frans Malherbe and Ox Nche either side of hooker Bongi Mbonambi.
Apart from Kolbe and Wiese, other players unavailable for selection are centre Andre Esterhuizen, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and prop Vincent Koch, even as flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit is suspended.
Even if South Africa are toppled, it will have been a middling autumn. Losing to Argentina in the series opener was a hammer blow and while authority was restored against a disappointing Japan, it took a stunning late comeback to draw with New Zealand and spare Jones uncomfortable questions over the direction of the team.
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England vs Springboks Line-ups
England Rugby XV: F Steward (Leicester Tigers); T Freeman (Northampton Saints), M Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), J May (Gloucester Rugby); M Smith (Harlequins), J van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers); M Vunipola (Saracens), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Bristol Bears), M Itoje (Saracens), J Hill (Sale Sharks), A Coles (Northampton Saints), T Curry (Sale Sharks), B Vunipola (Saracens)
South Africa Rugby XV: Willie le Roux, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian Willemse, Faf de Klerk; Evan Roos, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (captain), Marvin Orie, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nche