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England play South Africa at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park on Saturday in the first of a three-Test series.
Eddie Jones’ men are aiming to create history as the first England side to win a series in the Rainbow Nation, a tough prospect when taking into account their recent record against the Springboks: one victory in their last 13 meets.
When? Saturday 9 June
Where? Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Watch on? Sky Sports Action
What time is kick-off? 16:05 BST
Eddie Jones has named two uncapped players in his match day 23: Brad Shields and Ben Spencer, who are both among the replacements.
Owen Farrell will captain the side as club mate Mako Vunipola hones in on his 50th England cap – a milestone he will be able to share with brother Billy, who returns to Test match duty after a 15-month absence.
Jones has included seven players in the starting XV who were involved in the Aviva Premiership final between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs two weekends ago, including Nick Isiekwe, who will make his first start for England.
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Views from the camp
Eddie Jones: “We have had a really good week in preparation for this weekend and we are pleased with the way the squad have come together.
“Owen Farrell has settled in well to his new role, with the senior players supporting him, and there is a good feeling within the camp. We want to do something special on this tour and the players are all incredibly excited about this challenge and opportunity we have.”
Chris Robshaw: “We are looking forward to it, we are under no illusions about how hard it is going to be, and we have spoken about how hard it is to go there and be successful.”
England’s record in South Africa isn’t great. They haven’t beaten the Boks at home since 2000, when Jonny Wilkinson kicked eight penalties and a drop goal to record an historic 27-22 triumph. And Ellis Park – setting for Saturday’s Test – is a venue England haven’t won at in 46 years.
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