Eddie Jones has recalled Tom Wood and handed Wasps centre Elliot Daly his first start, after naming the England side to face South Africa in the opening Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday.
Daly was involved in England’s Six Nations campaign and the summer series with Australia, but will make his first start in place of Jonathan Joseph. The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form for Wasps this season and will start at outside-centre alongside Owen Farrell.
There could also be debuts from the bench for Kyle Sinckler, Nathan Hughes and Ben Te’o. Fans will be particularly excited to see Hughes finally make his England debut, after two spectacular seasons with Wasps.
Wood Returns to England Team for South Africa Clash
Wood was a mainstay of the Stuart Lancaster-era, but makes his first appearance under Eddie Jones in the number seven shirt.
The Australian had labelled Wood’s performances as “distinctly average” earlier in the year but with a raft of injuries, he has recalled the 30-year-old who has stepped-up his game in recent weeks – he will pack down alongside Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola.
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In the absence of Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson, Jonny May and Marland Yarde will play on the wings with Mike Brown continuing at full-back.
Dylan Hartley, who was confirmed as the guest of honour for the Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon this morning, will once again skipper the side.
Opening Autumn International a “fantastic opportunity” says Eddie Jones
England return to Twickenham on Saturday, knowing they have a golden opportunity to end a decade wait for a victory over the Springboks.
There have been several near misses since that day, but with the Boks arriving in disarray, Jones will be looking for his tenth consecutive win.
Despite injuries to key players such as Maro Itoje, George Kruis and James Haskell, Jones is confident in his side, saying: “We’ve picked a matchday 23 with a blend of experience and youth.
“We’ve trained well this week and I am pleased with how the players have come together and responded to some of the things we’ve asked them to do. The boys are focused and ready to go.
“We’re looking forward to the game. It’s a fantastic opportunity to show how much depth we have in English rugby. With a few influential players not available for selection this is a great opportunity for some of the new faces to put both feet forward and we’re backing them to do the job for us.”
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