England begin their autumn international campaign against familiar foes as they take on South Africa at Twickenham for the fourth Test in a row, but a mounting injury crisis is already threatening to wreck their November campaign.
Eddie Jones is without 18 players this week, with the latest injury blows coming in the loss of Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes, ruled out for the short-term with groin and back injuries respectively. They join a lengthy injury list that features both of the Vunipola brothers, Joe Launchbury and Chris Robshaw, which hands the Springboks an early advantage.
But they do still have a formidable back line that will try and negate the gulf in size between their forwards, with Owen Farrell moved to fly-half and Ben Te’o brought into the side to give them some powerful ball-carrying in midfield. Follow the live action below.
Young-gun forwards need to step up to prove Eddie Jones isn’t on borrowed time
- Jack de Menezes
- 3 November 2018 08:36
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What time does it start?
England vs South Africa kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 3 November.
Where can I watch it?
The Test will be shown live on Sky Sports Action from 2:00pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 2:30pm.
England: Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Alec Hepburn, Dylan Hartley, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Brad Shields, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson.
Replacements: Jamie George, Ben Moon, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Zach Mercer, Danny Care, George Ford, Chris Ashton.
South Africa: Damian Willemse; Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Handre Pollard, Ivan van Zyl; Steven Kitschoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit; Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley.
Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Wilco Louw, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Andre Esterhuizen.
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