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South Africa vs. England third Test: teams named for Cape Town

England head coach Eddie Jones selects Danny Cipriani for the Newlands clash

Danny Cipriani will make his first England start since 2008 after being named in the team to face South Africa on Saturday.

The Wasps star replaces George Ford at fly-half for the third Test in Cape Town. His inclusion is one of four changes made by England head coach Eddie Jones. 

Joe Marler replaces Mako Vunipola in the front row, Chris Robshaw takes Brad Shields’s spot at blindside flanker and Nathan Hughes starts in place of Billy Vunipola.

After victories in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, South Africa take an unassailable 2-0 lead to Newlands. But Jones says that his England squad will battle to end the series on a positive note.

Jones said: “We’ve had a really upbeat training week. We are up for the battle and are going to rip in on Saturday. We want another committed performance where it will be crucial to maintain our composure when the heat is on.”

The Springboks have also made five changes to the side that beat England 23-12 last weekend in Bloemfontein. 

The Daily Telegraph reports that South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has selected Warrick Gelant at full-back, Jesse Kriel and Andre Esterhuizen in midfield, Elton Jantjies at fly-half and Chiliboy Ralepelle at hooker. Veteran hooker Schalk Brits, 37, starts on the bench.  

South Africa vs. England: teams for the third Test
  • South Africa starters: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S’Busiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux
  • England starters: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Mike Brown, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Nathan Hughes
  • Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Ben Spencer, 23 Denny Solomona

England’s tour of South Africa

Eddie Jones’s side will play three Test matches against the Springboks. All the Tests will start at 4.05pm UK time.  

When are the Test matches?
  • 1st Test: South Africa 42 England 39   
  • 2nd Test: South Africa 23 England 12
  • 23 June: 3rd Test at Newlands, Cape Town (4.05pm)
How to watch on TV

Sky Sports will show live coverage of each of the Tests. 

England’s squad for the South Africa tour

Eddie Jones named a 34-man squad on 10 May.

  • Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Elliot Daly (Wasps); Nathan Earle (Saracens); Jonny May (Leicester Tigers); Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks); Danny Cipriani (Wasps); Owen Farrell (Saracens, captain); George Ford (Leicester Tigers); Alex Lozowski (Saracens); Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks); Dan Robson (Wasps); Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs); Ben Spencer (Saracens); Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors); Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 
  • Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks); Ben Earl (Saracens); Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs); Nick Isiekwe (Saracens); Maro Itoje (Saracens); Joe Launchbury (Wasps); Chris Robshaw (Harlequins); Brad Shields (Hurricanes/Wasps); Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs); Billy Vunipola (Saracens); Jack Willis (Wasps); Mark Wilson (Newcastle); Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs); Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers); Jamie George (Saracens); Joe Marler (Harlequins); Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins); Mako Vunipola (Saracens); Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

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