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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Eddie Jones has named his England side to play South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, November 20.


Courtney Lawes will captain the side for a second time. Tom Curry (No.8) and Henry Slade (outside centre) will be vice-captains.

Jamie Blamire will start as hooker, with props Bevan Rodd and Kyle Sinckler joining him in the front row. Locks Maro Itoje and Jonny Hill complete the tight five and Sam Underhill is at open-side flank.

Joe Marchant returns to the side on the right wing, Jonny May is on the left-wing and Freddie Steward is at fullback.

Manu Tuilagi is at inside centre, Marcus Smith is at flyhalf and the side’s most capped-player Ben Youngs (111) is at scrumhalf.

Hooker Nic Dolly could make his England debut, as he is named as a finisher – alongside Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Sam Simmonds, Alex Dombrandt, Raffi Quirke and Max Malins.

Eddie Jones said: “This is our biggest game of the season and the final game of the November 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 in front of a capacity 82 000 crowd at Twickenham.”

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Courtney Lawes (Captain), 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie Blamire, 1 Bevan Rodd.
Replacements: 16 Nic Dolly, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Alex Dombrandt, 22 Raffi Quirke, 23 Max Malins

Date: Saturday, November 20
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 15.15 (15.15 GMT; 17.15 SA time)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Frank Murphy (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

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