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Marchant starts for England against Springboks

Marchant starts for England against Springboks

Joe Marchant

Joe Marchant returns to the England starting line-up for this weekend’s rematch of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa in the Autumn Nations Series.

The Harlequins 25-year-old last played for his country against Canada in July and starts on the wing as Manu Tuilagi returns to inside centre to partner vice-captain Henry Slade.

Preview: England v South Africa

Marcus Smith starts at fly-half once again and the team’s most capped-player Ben Youngs (111) is at scrum-half, with Jonny May and Freddie Steward completing the back three.

Courtney Lawes will captain the side for a second time, forming a back row trio with vice-captain Tom Curry at No.8 and Sam Underhill at openside flanker.

Jamie Blamire scores a try

Jamie Blamire will start as hooker, with props Bevan Rodd and Kyle Sinckler joining him in the front row, with locks Maro Itoje and Jonny Hill completing the tight five.

Hooker Nic Dolly could make his England debut, as he is named on the bench – alongside Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Sam Simmonds, Alex Dombrandt, Raffi Quirke and Max Malins.

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England head coach Eddie Jones said: “This is our biggest game of the season and the final game of the autumn campaign and we want to finish with a bang.

“We’ve been really pleased with the preparation this week and how the team has continued to develop over the past month.

“Now we want to put on our best performance this autumn in front of a capacity 82,000 crowd at Twickenham.”

England: 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps), 14. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps), 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps), 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 45 caps), 11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 68 caps), 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 4 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 111 caps); 1. Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 1 cap), 2. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 4 caps), 3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 46 caps), 4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 50 caps), 5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps), 6. Courtney Lawes (C) (Northampton Saints, 89 caps), 7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 26 caps), 8. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 35 caps)

Replacements: 16. Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped), 17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 73 caps), 18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 14 caps), 19. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 25 caps), 20. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps), 21. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 3 caps), 22. Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 1 cap), 23. Max Malins (Saracens, 9 caps)

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