Eddie Jones makes FOUR changes to his England squad to face South Africa
Eddie Jones bolsters his attacking squad for clash with South Africa as bullish coach calls on England to ‘light up’ Twickenham crowd against reigning world champions
- Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England squad to face South Africa
- The hosts put in a ‘thrilling’ performance to draw with New Zealand last week
- Now Jones has called on England to ‘light up’ the Twickenham crowd
Tommy Freeman was drafted as one of four substitutions for the England series final against South Africa.
The young winger took over from Jack Nowell, while Eddie Jones also revamped his pack to take on the Springbok bomb squad.
Mako Vunipola replaced Ellis Genge in the front row, Jamie George ahead of Luke Cowan Dickie at hooker.
Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England squad to face South Africa on Saturday
Forming a triple roster threat, lanky striker Alex Coles was handed the No.6 shirt ahead of Sam Simmonds.
“It’s our last game of the fall and our chance to continue to build on the improvements we’ve made throughout the games,” said head coach Eddie Jones, whose team drew. with the All Blacks last week.
“We made steady progress from game to game, culminating in a thrilling draw against New Zealand.
“Now we have the chance to test ourselves against the power of the world champions.
“We are going there to light up the crowd. The support at Twickenham has been outstanding last week and we want to work hard on the pitch to make sure we have another atmosphere like that on Saturday.
Freeman will join Jonny May and Freddie Steward in the bottom three.
Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell will maintain their 10-12 combination, with Manu Tuilagi set to earn his 50th cap at outside centre.
Mako Vunipola has been brought in to bolster England’s attacking squad against the Proteas
Jones called on his England side to ‘light up’ the Twickenham crowd against the world champions
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)
14. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
13. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 49 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (C) (Saracens, 100 caps)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 71 caps)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 16 selections)
9. Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 73 selections)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 71 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 55 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 61 caps)
5. Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 18 caps)
6. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 44 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 67 selections)
16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
17. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)
19. David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)
20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)
21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 120 caps)
22. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 51 caps)
23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 44 caps)