Tommy Freeman will start Saturday’s game against South Africa at Twickenham, and Eddie Jones has added Mako Vunipola and Jamie George to his starting lineup.As England try to get their second win of the autumn season, Jones has also given Alex Coles a second start and dropped both of his vice captains.
Genge at loosehead prop, and George takes over for Luke Cowan-Dickie.Coles replaces David Ribbans, a Northampton teammate, as Sam Simmonds’ blindside flanker in the back row.In addition, Jones has stuck with scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet despite his obvious struggles against New Zealand.
“More bravery:”Freeman, 21, makes his first appearance of the fall after impressing when he won his first two caps against Australia in the summer. Jamie George urges England to step up their game against the Springboks.Due to his struggles against the All Blacks, Nowell is benched.Vunipola and George both did well from the bench against New Zealand last week. George was included despite admitting this week that his broken foot has not fully healed.Given his impact off the bench against New Zealand, Ribbans may consider it unfortunate that he did not play for Coles.
In another match, outside-center Manu Tuilagi earns his 50th cap, and Jones resists the temptation to start Henry Slade, another player who stood out against the All Blacks.Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell continue their 10-12 partnership, Jones stays with Jonny May, and another 21-year-old couple, Freddie Steward and Van Poortvliet, stays with Jones.
Kyle Sinckler, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Tom Curry, and Billy Vunipola continue to play in the front row.Cowan-Dickie, Genge and Will Stuart – who scored two attempts in the sensational rebound against New Zealand – give first line cover as substitutions.Ben Youngs, Slade, Nowell, Ribbans, and Simmonds are also on the bench.
Jones stated, “This is our chance to continue building on the improvements we have made throughout the matches.” This is our final game of the autumn.From game to game, we have made steady progress, which culminated in a pulsating draw against New Zealand.
We are going there to illuminate the crowd.Last week’s support at Twickenham was outstanding, and we intend to put in a lot of effort on the field to replicate that atmosphere on Saturday.
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