Eddie Jones grows the English pack against the South Africans

On Friday at Twickenham, England will challenge South Africa with the hope of ending this autumn tour on a high note. Many English rugby specialists expected to see Mario Itoje slip into the third line, as he had against Argentina (29-30) and Japan (52-13). If Eddie Jones finally left Mario Itoje in the second line, on the other hand, he did decide to shift another second line to the post of flanker. It is the young Alex Coles (23 years old), Northampton player who measures 2.07 who will thus accompany Billy Vunipola and Tom Curry, in the third row. This desire to enlarge his pack also responds to the wish to be efficient in touch, which had not been the case against the All Blacks (25-25), a week ago.

Freeman replaces Novell in the back line

Two other changes to note among the forwards with the tenure of Mako Vunipola in the front row in place of Ellis Genge, and Jamie George, the hooker, who is making his return as a starter after being unavailable for a long time due to a a double fracture to the right foot. In the back line, there is only one change with the exit of Jack Novell, replaced by Tommy Freeman, another Northampton player. Aged 21, this training back who made his big debut for the selection in Australia last summer, will play his first minutes during the autumn tour. There was also a doubt about the tenure of Jack Van Poortvliet, the young scrum half, who had completely missed his match last Saturday against New Zealand, notably losing three balls, and also having a pass intercepted. on the All Blacks’ first try.


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