Eddie Jones makes FOUR changes to his England side to face South Africa

Eddie Jones makes FOUR changes to his England side to face South Africa

Eddie Jones bolsters his forward pack for clash with South Africa as bullish coach calls on England to ‘light up’ Twickenham crowd against reigning world champions

  • Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England side to face South Africa
  • The hosts produced a “pulsating” performance for the draw with New Zealand last week
  • Now Jones has urged England to “light up” the Twickenham crowd

Tommy Freeman has been drafted in as one of four changes for England’s series final against South Africa.

The young winger has taken over from Jack Nowell, while Eddie Jones has also shuffled his bag to take on the Springbok bomb squad.

Mako Vunipola has replaced Ellis Genge in the front row, with Jamie George starting ahead of Luke Cowan Dickie at hooker.

Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England side to face South Africa on Saturday

Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England side to face South Africa on Saturday

Alex Coles, who forms a triple lineout threat, has been handed the No.6 jersey ahead of Sam Simmonds.

“This is our last game of the autumn and our chance to continue to build on the improvements we’ve made throughout the games,” said head coach Eddie Jones, whose side drew with the All Blacks last week.

“We’ve made steady progress from game to game, culminating in a pulsating draw against New Zealand.

– Now we have the chance to test ourselves against the power of the world champions.

“We go out there to light up the crowd. The support at Twickenham was outstanding last week and we want to work hard on the pitch to make sure we get that kind of atmosphere again on Saturday.

Freeman will join Jonny May and Freddie Steward in the back three.

Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell will maintain their 10-12 combination, with Manu Tuilagi poised to win his 50th cap at wing-centre.

Mako Vunipola has been called in to bolster England's forward pack against the Proteas

Mako Vunipola has been called in to bolster England’s forward pack against the Proteas

Jones asked his English side to

Jones asked his England side to “light up” the Twickenham crowd against the world champions

ENGLAND XV

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)

14. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)

13. Manu Tuilagi (Sales Sharks, 49 caps)

12. Owen Farrell (C) (Saracens, 100 caps)

11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 71 caps)

10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 16 caps)

9. Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 73 caps)

2. Jamie George (Saracens, 71 caps)

3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 55 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 61 caps)

5. Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 18 caps)

6. Alex Coles (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)

7. Tom Curry (Sales Sharks, 44 caps)

8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)

AFTER-PROCESSES

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)

17. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 42 caps)

18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

19. David Ribbans (Northampton Saints, 2 caps)

20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 17 caps)

21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 120 caps)

22. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 51 caps)

23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 44 caps)

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