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England Name Starting XV For Scotland Clash

Eddie Jones has made three changes to his starting XV for the crucial Six Nations showdown with Scotland on Saturday afternoon.

The 124th Calcutta Cup game is set to be one of the most exciting in recent memory, with Vern Cotter’s side arriving full of confidence after victories over Ireland and Wales – meaning a win over England would seal a first Triple Crown since 1990.

The England Rugby Head Coach has resisted the urge to thrust number eight Billy Vunipola straight back into the starting line-up and will use the Saracens star as one of his ‘finishers’ from the bench – with Nathan Hughes retaining his place in the back-row.

Loosehead prop Joe Marler will win his 50th England cap at Twickenham, with Mako Vunipola set to make another impact from the bench.

Jones spoke of Marler’s achievement saying: “I congratulate Joe Marler on his 50-cap milestone. I’ve coached a lot of good players and he is certainly one of the best.

“He is an honest and committed team man and a fine individual. To have him and Mako Vunipola available together to give us 80 minutes at loose-head is an enormous advantage.”

The three changes to the starting XV come in the backline where Ben Youngs, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell replace Danny Care, Ben Te’o and Jonny May respectively. Nowell makes his second start of the tournament having impressed with two scores off the bench against Italy two-weeks ago.

Star winger Anthony Watson could make his first England appearance since the summer tour against Australia, with the Bath flyer named on the bench after recovering from jaw and hamstring injuries.

Ahead of the epic encounter Jones spoke of his excitement saying: “Our preparation for Scotland has been very good.

“We had two excellent training runs in Oxford last week and followed that up this week. We’re focused on ourselves – we want to give our fans a really good performance.

“We’ve worked hard in this Six Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner. This is the 124th Calcutta Cup and I feel humbled and honoured to be part of such an historic rugby occasion.

“It’s the oldest international fixture and means a lot to both countries. We will treasure the experience.”

Autumn International Hospitality Now On Sale

As the Six Nations reaches its climax we turn our attention towards the 2017 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals, Eventmasters will once again be providing the finest official England Rugby hospitality packages for these three great games – please follow the links below.

England v Argentina – Autumn Internationals

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Vunipola and Watson in line for Six Nations return against Italy

England could have Mako Vunipola and Anthony Watson back in their starting XV for Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham on Sunday.

The pair missed the opening two victories over France and Wales, but could return as Eddie Jones and his side look to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam. Vunipola was one of England’s star performers in 2016, producing some sensational displays.

The Saracens prop has been out of action for the last nine weeks, but made a pleasing return for his club side on Friday – playing 70 minutes in their 31-23 loss at Gloucester.

Bath flyer Watson was another key player during England’s fabulous 2016, scoring three tries in the 2016 Six Nations, but he hasn’t been seen in a white shirt since suffering a jaw injury before the Autumn Internationals.

Jones stated that he was confident Watson would be fit to start against Italy, saying: “Watson ran at 95% on Friday so we are confident he will be able to play against Italy. It will be great to have him back and we will probably use him.”

The England Head Coach also offered a positive update on the fitness of talismanic number eight Billy Vunipola, who was expected to miss the entire Six Nations campaign.

However the Saracens star is ahead of schedule in his recovery according to Jones who said: “Billy might get back for Ireland. He’d be pretty useful off the bench at 150kg.”

England expected to experiment as Italy arrive at Twickenham

One of the key factors in England’s opening two victories has been the performances from the bench or the “finishers” as they are called by Jones. The likes of James Haskell, Jamie George and Ben Te’o have all made telling contributions in the second half and could all get the chance to start against Italy.

The coaching staff are set to experiment with the starting XV, which could see skipper Dylan Hartley dropped to the bench for George. Should that be the case the outstanding Owen Farrell would skipper the side – and many are tipping the 25-year-old to lead the British Lions on their tour of New Zealand.

Other changes could see Ben Te’o replacing Jonathan Joseph in midfield, while Haskell could return to the number seven jersey ahead of Jack Clifford.

Predicted England Starting XV vs Italy:

15 – Mike Brown

14 – Anthony Watson

13 – Elliot Daly

12 – Ben Te’o

11 – Jack Nowell

10 – Owen Farrell ©

9 – Danny Care

8 – Nathan Hughes

7 – James Haskell

6 – Maro Itoje

5 – Courtney Lawes

4 – Joe Launchbury

3 – Kyle Sinckler

2 – Jamie George

1 – Mako Vunipola

2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series (Autumn Internationals) On Sale Now!

The Autumn Internationals are one of the major highlights of the international rugby calendar as the best sides from the Southern Hemisphere head to Europe for their end of season tours. In 2017 England face three crucial fixtures at Twickenham Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

Please see our Twickenham Autumn Internationals hospitality page for more information.

 

England Remain Unbeaten Under Jones After Victory Over Wales

What a sensational and thrilling Six Nations clash. England won it 21-16 in Cardiff but it could have gone either way.

Wales will feel aggrieved having been dominant for long periods but for the most part unable to turn pressure on the White Rose line into points.

Indeed they spurned two very kickable penalties – Lee Halfpenny was as usual at his brilliant best with the boot – which would have got them home.

But it was two tries to one in England’s favour and they just about deserved to sneak it. Mind you, as with France a week before, it was the substitutes off the bench in the last 30 minutes who were the stars.

Danny Care came on for Ben Youngs who had an average game by his standards and threw an intercept on the Welsh line which nearly saw Dan Biggar go the length of the pitch.

Dylan Hartley never quite put it together either, the first to be replaced – by Jamie George.

Ben Te’o injected some pace and power in midfield, James Haskell was immense and Kyle Sinkler won the killer turnover as England looked to play out the last three minutes.

Joe Launchbury got man of the match but Courtney Lawes was immense. He was simply everywhere. Elliott Daly was excellent too.

It appeared for some while that Wales’ terrific back row led by Sam Warburton and Ross Moriarty against England’s relatively inexperienced six, seven and eight was going to make the difference.

England Make Fast Start But Wales Roar Back

After early exchanges of penalties England went into an 8-3 lead as Youngs squirmed over following heavy English pressure.

But then Wales came to the fore.

Halfpenny got another penalty and then just before half time Liam Williams struck with a planned move which saw him race from his wing to carve through a gaping hole in England’s centre-threequarters, with Jack Nowell unable to get across in time to take his man.

Was there more than a hint of crossing? No obstruction ruled the referee. From there Wales held on through the penalty exchanges and could even have gone further ahead.

Daly Scores Wonderful Try To Secure Victory

But at 16-14 down England had the better of the last 20 minutes and made it count when all seemed near lost.

With the crowd baying as the referee ignored two apparently blatant Welsh infringements, the ball was kicked clear only for England to mount a last ditch attack which saw Daly take a despairing Alex Cuthbert on the outside to cross at the corner.

Wonderful stuff from Daly but one had to feel sorrow for Cuthbert. In for the injured George North and not in the best of form, he has played many times for his country and has mostly put in solid if rarely brilliant performances. Would North have got Daly? Probably. However, ifs and buts count for nothing in sport.

Victories over Wales in Cardiff are always special.

What is it they say? If you can still win when not playing at your best you have to be a decent side, and England are.

2017 Old Mutual Wealth Series (Autumn Internationals) On Sale Now!

The Autumn Internationals are one of the major highlights of the international rugby calendar as the best sides from the Southern Hemisphere head to Europe for their end of season tours. In 2017 England face three crucial fixtures at Twickenham Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

Please see our Twickenham Autumn Internationals hospitality page for more information.

England Prepare For Six Nations 2017

With just over one week to go until the start of the RBS Six Nations Championships 2017, the captains and coaches from each side gathered for the launch of ‘Rugby’s Greatest Championship’ and all eyes were on England.

England enter the tournament as the defending Grand Slam Champions, and Eddie Jones’s side will be the side everybody wants to take down after their perfect campaign in 2016 – which saw them win 13 consecutive Tests.

Hartley set to lead England as they defend their Six Nations crown

At the Six Nations launch on Wednesday, Jones confirmed that Dylan Hartley will again lead the side, with his six-week ban for striking Sean O’Brien ending at the start of the week.

Hartley will captain his side for the opening game against France at Twickenham on Saturday 4th February 2017 – where England could surpass their greatest ever winning streak of 14 matches set in 2002/03.

Jones made the announcement at the press conference saying: “I haven’t actually told him… shall I say now? I’d like to announce Dylan’s the captain.

“I think he’s ready. He trained well on Tuesday and has still got a couple of days to go. We’re pleased to have him back. It’s the continuity of the job.”

Haskell ‘touch and go’ for Six Nations opener with France at Twickenham

Jones also offered an updated on the fitness of flanker James Haskell, who missed the squads training camp in Portugal with injury. His participation in the opening game with France is likely to go down to the wire.

Haskell was a key member of the England team that took the Six Nations by storm and made history by beating Australia 3-0 Down Under. But the Wasps star missed the entire Autumn Internationals campaign with a toe injury.

He returned to action against Leicester earlier this month, but was knocked out after 35-seconds but he did play 60-minutes in the Champions Cup clash with Zebre.

The back-row could be an area of real concern for Jones, who is already missing Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw. The absence of Haskell and Jack Clifford (who also missed the Portugal camp) could see Maro Itoje switch to blindside flanker, with Tom Wood continuing at openside flanker.

England Six Nations 2017 Hospitality Packages

There is less than one-week to go until the start of the RBS Six Nations as Twickenham hosts England v France in the fixture known as ‘Le Crunch’.

Victory for England would see them break the longest ever winning streak, set by the World Cup winning side in 2002/03.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this historic fixture in VIP style with official England v France – Twickenham Six Nations Hospitality Packages.

Or see the oldest fixture in International Rugby with our official VIP England v Scotland – Twickenham Six Nations Hospitality Packages.

Eventmasters Ready For RBS Six Nations 2017

Eventmasters are ready for the start of the RBS Six Nations 2017, after the expansion of our rugby operations.

We have been at the forefront of the corporate hospitality sector for over 30-years and have secured a two year extension of our Official Licensed Operator status with the RFU, allowing us to continue to provide official hospitality at Twickenham for all England Rugby internationals.

And we have also agreed a deal with Harlequins Rugby, based next door at the Twickenham Stoop, to utilise the club’s corporate facilities on England International match days.

Eventmasters Managing Director Denise Sheasby said: “We cover a huge array of sports including football, horse racing and cricket, and rugby is one of our mainstream lines.

“Building work has begun on our former marquee venue so we needed to find alternative accommodation. The Harlequins arrangement is excellent. The club have quality purpose built facilities that will enable us to host match day parties, grow numbers and generally improve our offer.

“It is literally across the road from Twickenham Stadium when it comes to clients taking their places for the game. The RFU have provided us with a great set of seats in the West Stand for all of England’s Six Nations fixtures.”

Eventmasters employs former England and British & Irish Lions International Tim Stimpson as its rugby ambassador.

“Tim, who is extremely knowledgeable and a witty and authoritative speaker, will continue in his master of ceremonies roll,” said Mrs Sheasby.

The Six Nations begins with England v France at Twickenham on Saturday 4th February 2017.

An opportunity for England to start their bid for a second Grand Slam in style with another win over the French to add to the 14 victories in succession, a perfect 2016, since the arrival of head coach Eddie Jones.

England v France – Six Nations 2017 Hospitality Packages

There is less than two-weeks to go until the start of the RBS Six Nations as Twickenham hosts England v France in the fixture known as ‘Le Crunch’.

Victory for England would see them break the longest ever winning streak, set by the World Cup winning side in 2002/03.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this historic fixture in VIP style with official England v France – Twickenham Six Nations Hospitality Packages.

 

England Select Uncapped Trio For RBS Six Nations 2017

Eddie Jones has named three uncapped players in his 34-man squad for the RBS Six Nations 2017, which begins with ‘Le Crunch’ against France at Twickenham on Saturday 4th February.

The defending champions have been dealt several injury blows with the likes of Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw all set to miss the tournament. These injuries have seen young Bath prop Nathan Catt and Leicester Tigers back-row Mike Williams earn call-ups.

The other uncapped player in the squad is Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski – who was also part of the England squad for the Autumn Internationals.

While the talented 23-year-old has played the majority of his rugby in the 10 shirt, Eddie Jones has hinted he could be utilised at full-back or inside centre for his country.

Stars return from injuries to boost England’s Six Nations defence

While there have been a number of injuries to his squad, Jones has been able to recall some of his major stars in 2016 who missed the Autumn Internationals.

Wingers Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson return to the squad and could reform their potent back-three combination with Mike Brown. The pair have recently returned to action for their clubs and have been earning rave reviews for their blistering displays.

James Haskell is also back in the squad after a missing six-months of action with a toe injury. The talismanic flanker was one of the standout performers for England in 2016 and will a key addition to the back-row.

Perhaps the biggest return is that of superstar lock Maro Itoje. The World Rugby Young Player of the Year, missed the entire Autumn series with a hand injury, but he is back and firing on all cylinders for Saracens – and will be a key player for England.

Returning players will add strength to England squad

Jones said on the squad, “I’ve been impressed with the three uncapped players named in the squad. They’re all guys who have great physical capabilities and they all have a desire to improve. With a number of injuries to some key players it’s a great opportunity for them.

“It’s good to welcome back a number of players who weren’t with us during the autumn. Maro Itoje has done well for his club as has Jack Nowell. James Haskell was magnificent for England last year and is a fierce player.”

He went onto add, “Anthony Watson has been a fine player for England and is one the most prolific try scorers for the number of Tests he has played. We are looking forward to those guys coming in and challenging for a spot and adding strength.”

34-man England squad for 2017 Six Nations

Forwards

Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

England v France – Six Nations 2017 Hospitality Packages

There is less than one month to go until the start of the RBS Six Nations as Twickenham hosts England v France in the fixture known as ‘Le Crunch’.

Victory for England would see them break the longest ever winning streak, set by the World Cup winning side in 2002/03.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this historic fixture in VIP style with official England v France – Twickenham Six Nations Hospitality Packages.

England change four as Argentina come to Twickenham

Eddie Jones has made four changes to his starting XV as England prepare to face Argentina in the third Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday.

After a nine try demolition of Fiji last weekend, Jones was faced with some major selection headaches. But after 11 wins in 11 games in 2016, the England Head Coach has recalled Jonny May, Mike Brown, Tom Wood and George Kruis.

The return of Kruis is a major boost to England, the Saracens lock was injured during a European Cup fixture in October. But he has made a speedy recovery and takes the place of Joe Launchbury who faces two-weeks out with suspension.

Wood takes the place of Teimana Harrison, who drops to the bench, as England look to combat the power of the Argentinian pack which will be spearheaded by the outstanding Facundo Isa.

Rokoduguni misses out for England despite star showing at Twickenham against Fiji

Despite a man of the match performance at Twickenham last week, there is no place for winger Semesa Rokoduguni (a decision which has raised many eyebrows).

Instead Jones has kept the faith with Elliot Daly and Jonny May; while the ever-reliable Brown returns at full-back in place of Alex Goode.

On the selection of the side Jones said, “Selection was interesting this week but it shows how competitive and how much depth we are developing.

“We’ve had a strong week’s preparation and I’ve been really impressed by the players’ desire to get better. It is a strong and relentless team. All the credit for what the team has done so far this autumn deserves to go to the players.”

Argentina pose massive threat to England’s perfect record in 2016

Despite losing the last two-games against Wales and Scotland, England will be aware of the threat posed by The Pumas. In the past three-years they have been one of the most improved sides in world rugby – playing an expansive and powerful game.

Despite winning just one game in the Rugby Championships, Argentina continued to show the ability to cause issues to the world’s finest sides.

Jones is well-aware of their ability and knows his team need to improve performance, saying: “This game against Argentina is a big step up for us as they were probably the second best team in the Rugby Championship and played some exceptional rugby.

“They are a quality team, have power in the forwards, speed and guile in the backs as well as great experience. We appreciate they have threats across the field and they have always been a physical, tough side.”

Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s LuncheonThursday 15th December 2016.

The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.

England breeze past Fiji at Twickenham

England made it 11 consecutive victories under Eddie Jones as they swept aside Fiji 58-15 in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham on Saturday.

After opening their autumn campaign with a convincing 37-21 victory over South Africa, Eddie Jones reshuffled his side for the arrival of Fiji, with the likes of Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Alex Goode all returning to the backline.

Lightning fast start seals the game for England

And it was Joseph who opened the scoring inside the first four minutes, after a powerful drive from the outstanding Mako Vunipola, the ball was moved wide to Owen Farrell and the centre’s perfectly timed pass sent Joseph through the gap and over in the corner.

Just minutes later England were in again, when George Ford’s gorgeous wide pass found Elliot Daly and the Wasps star turned on the after burners for his first international try.

In the 13th minute the hosts were in again – fine hands down the short side released Rokoduguni into space and the Fijian-born former soldier showed his finishing prowess to touchdown in the corner.

Within the next 10-minutes England killed the game-off with two well worked driving maul scores from Teimana Harrison and Joe Launchbury. In the process Owen Farrell also became just the second England player to pass 500 test match points and his side were 31-0 ahead.

However just before half-time the Pacific Islanders hit back with two scores. The first went to the giant winger Nemani Nadolo who exploited an overlap to score in the corner. Then it was the turn of superstar lock Leone Nakarawa who twisted and wriggled his way through the tackles to score.

England run in four second-half tries to seal win number two of in the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals

Fiji’s resurgence continued early in the second half as full-back Metuisela Talebula sliced through the English defence to score in the corner. But after that it was one way traffic once again.

In the 49th minute England surged into the Fijian 22, the ball was moved down the line and Mako Vunipola again showed great awareness as he sent Alex Goode over for his first try for England. Soon after Joseph added his second score intercepting a wild pass.

Rokoduguni scored his second international try, walking over in the corner after another fabulous George Ford pass. Launchbury completed his brace of scores finishing off a flowing move with forwards and backs interlinking well to send the Wasps lock over the line.

Job done for England, but bigger tests now await.

But Jones has admitted the performance on Saturday has given him some selection headaches, saying: “We have got great competition for places so it is going to be a couple of sleepless nights before we do selection. And we’ll name the side on Thursday this week – well, that is what we are aiming to do.”

Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley

Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s LuncheonThursday 15th December 2016.

The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.

England v South Africa – Autumn Internationals 2016 Review

England began their Autumn International campaign with an emphatic performance, beating South Africa 37-21 at Twickenham – as Eddie Jones recorded his tenth consecutive victory as England Head Coach.

If you looked at the size of the Springbok forwards – two of them at 19st 2lb, another at 18st 7lb you might have thought that the England front eight would be steamrollered.  Never happened.

As it turned out South Africa’s forwards were just about on a par with their England counterparts but their three quarters were clueless.

England recover from sloppy start to build commanding lead at Twickenham

Ultimately it was a bit like watching England’s 3-0 footie win over Scotland in the World Cup qualifier where England took their chances but weren’t brilliant. They started off scrappy in the extreme, giving away penalties, making plenty of errors, too much ping pong kicking.

It allowed South Africa to get 0-6 ahead before Gloucester’s Jonny May scored a lovely try wide out to settle nerves. It was a fantastic flowing move, with superb handling and great line of running all finished by the predatory May who made it a perfect return to the side.

The nerveless boot of Owen Farrell converted the touchline conversion and England led 7-6.

Then England went further ahead after May chased down a kick, it spilled to Mike Brown who overran the ball and, taking advantage of dreadful South African defence, Courtney Lawes got the scruffy touch down on his 50th appearance for England. Took ages for the TMO to give it, but justice was done.

Half time 20-9.

Ben Youngs lights up second half at Twickenham as England pull clear of weary South Africa

What followed in the second period was two outrageous Ben Youngs dummies which seemed straight out of Eddie Jones’ “rope a dope” handbook.

The first was a sublime piece of skill, which left Pieter-Steph du Toit flat-footed and George Ford was on hand to take the pass and race in under the posts.

To their credit the Boks replied with a well-worked score from Johan Goosen – but England immediately hit back.

Once Youngs spotted a weary Pieter-Steph du Toit on the fringe of the ruck, a lovely show and go sent him clear and this time it was the turn of Farrell to take the pass and finish off another lovely score.

There was a final score for the visitors, which will not sit well with Eddie Jones but it was job done. After the game Jones said: “It was far from perfect but satisfactory. We have two weeks preparation and basically are a new team – we have 10 of the 30 guys who went to Australia not here.

“We have had to work hard to bring the team together – the players have been outstanding in their attitude and application.”

So England march on but there are for sure harder games coming down the line.

Eventmasters guests enjoy VIP corporate hospitality at the Twickenham Stoop

England’s victory over South Africa marked the beginning of a new-era for Eventmasters as we hosted our first ever game at the Twickenham Stoop – the home of Harlequins. The fantastic facility is just minutes away from ‘The Home of Rugby’ and provided guests with excellent pre & post-match hospitality.

After a successful beginning to the Autumn Internationals we are already looking forward to England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December.

Twickenham Autumn International Hospitality Packages Still Available

Please follow the links below for more information:

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

England announce side for Twickenham Opener with South Africa

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.

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.”

Twickenham Autumn International Hospitality Packages Still Available

Please follow the links below for more information:

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016