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Marcus Smith was the hero as England downed South Africa in a Twickenham epic  (Getty Images)
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England rounded off a successful Autumn Nations Series and look ahead to the Six Nations with real optimism following a statement 27-26 win over South Africa.

The world champions, who defeated today’s opposition in the 2019 World Cup final in Yokohama, represented formidable opposition in front of a capacity crowd at Twickenham, but came unstuck thanks to Marcus Smith’s last-gasp penalty in an epic clash.

Manu Tuilagi and Freddie Steward notched early tries for England, but the former then had to be substituted with a hamstring injury.

The Springboks were well below par in the first half, but kept in touch courtesy of the boot of fly-half Handre Pollard.

South Africa’s ‘Bomb Squad’ turned the momentum after the interval, but England would not be denied as young scrum-half Raffi Quirke touched down his first international try with momentum swinging breathlessly back and forth.

Up stepped Smith in the final moments to deliver an improbable and memorable win for England and Eddie Jones.

Follow all the reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, with Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham!

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Jones: Smith still a ‘work in progress'

20:50 , George Flood

Eddie Jones insisted that Marcus Smith remains a “work in progress” despite the fly-half’s match-winning role in England’s improbable victory over South Africa.

Smith held his nerve at the last to slot over a penalty in the 80th minute, and appeared comfortable running England’s attack without injured captain Owen Farrell alongside him.

Henry Slade also thrived in a midfield that lost Manu Tuilagi to a hamstring injury after the powerful centre had scored in the corner in the opening ten minutes.

Jones admitted that he was impressed with Smith’s performance but said it was too soon to declare the 22-year-old England’s starting fly-half for the foreseeable future.

“You can’t make those predictions. He’s a work in progress, and each game he’s going to get a little bit better,” he said.

Click here to read what Eddie Jones had to say in full

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Jones hails England ‘rebirth’ with eye on World Cup

19:01 , George Flood

Eddie Jones was asked if a winning autumn with a younger squad represents a new era for English rugby with the 2023 World Cup on the horizon.

He replied: “Yes, we said in the summer that the Lions tour draws a line in the sand, and that you need to regenerate and have a little bit of a rebirth to go to the World Cup.

“There’s some good players coming through but we’ve got some pretty good experienced players too.

“They feel comfortable within themselves, they want to be together, they want to work together.

“Our stated aim is to win the World Cup, so we want to be better in the next campaign.”

England player ratings

18:16 , George Flood

Replacements

16 Nic Dolly – 5

One crucial missed throw inside the South African 22 threatened to cost England and his first international scrummaging skirmishes were largely in reverse gear.

17 Joe Marler – 5

It was hoped that the loosehead might be able to defuse the threat of South Africa’s, but if anything England’s scrum was weakened.

18 Will Stuart – 4

Struggled at the scrum after his introduction and then the man sent to the sin bin as the penalties accumulated.

19 Charlie Ewels – 5

South Africa may feel the lock was fortunate not to be penalised (or more) for his arm to the head of a toppling Etzebeth.

20 Sam Simmonds – N/A

On too late to have a real impact.

21 Alex Dombrandt – 6

Quiet after his introduction.

22 Raffi Quirke – 6

Brought on surprisingly early and had a mixed half an hour or so. A gleeful canter for the line for his try but a charged down box-kick allowed South Africa to continue to turn the screw.

23 Max Malins – 8

Pressed into early service after Tuilagi’s injury and settled in quickly. Produced two bits of a simply outstanding defence to keep South Africa out in the second half as the game began to swing the Springboks’ way.

Limited attacking chances.

England player ratings

18:15 , George Flood

Forwards

1 Bevan Rodd – 6

Properly meatily met by opposite number Ox Nche in one first-half carry but reasonably solid at scrum-time before exiting early in the second half.

2 Jamie Blamire – 6

A little loose at lineout time even as England tried to protect his throwing vulnerabilities with calls to the front. His try-scoring run ends,

3 Kyle Sinckler – 6

Ever lively in a competitive contest and unable to hide his glee at the early scrum penalty that helped set up England’s opening score.

Struggled at times at the set-piece after, though, and not quite as forceful in the carry as he might have liked.

4 Maro Itoje – 7

One spectacular first half restart regather and typically busy, but out-played by the irrepressible Eben Etzebeth.

5 Jonny Hill – 6

A step back after two impressive performances. England’s clearing work lacked accuracy at the ruck and Hill was largely unable to impose himself.

6 Courtney Lawes – 6

After achieving such heights against Tonga and producing another solid showing against Australia, perhaps not quite the performance the England captain might have liked. His side struggled with their discipline.

7 Sam Underhill – 6

Reasonably quiet, one lovely flick off the floor aside, before being taken off soon after the players returned from the interval.

8 Tom Curry – 7

Understated at times but ever a menace at the breakdown and the busiest of England’s loose forward trio. Took the captaincy with Lawes off and perhaps took the wrong option with the penalty on halfway – Steward’s big boot might have had a chance.

Not that it mattered, in the end.

England player ratings

18:15 , George Flood

Backs

15 Freddie Steward – 9

Utterly rock solid under the high ball, Steward continues to look totally at ease at international level. An appropriately punchy carry for his try having sashayed into space to make the initial break.

One of England’s top performers, as is becoming habit.

14 Joe Marchant – 6

Forced into midfield by Tuilagi’s injury, and didn’t always look totally at home, but produced a telling burst to set up Quirke.

13 Henry Slade – 9

Simply delectable pass to put Steward into space in the build-up to the full-back’s score, and his wide ball to Tuilagi was efficiently executed under pressure, too.

A third crucial pass in the move for the third try, blindly throwing flat superbly at the line. One of his better performances in an England shirt.

12 Manu Tuilagi – 6

One stretching of the legs was all Tuilagi could manage before making another injury-enforced exit. It was a valuable one, of course, putting England ahead in the corner, but his early departure perhaps portents yet more injury woe.

11 Jonny May – 5

Struggled to get to grips with a game he was reasonably rarely involved in, fumbling and running aimlessly on occasion.

10 Marcus Smith – 7

Guided England around well but his drop goal attempt in the dying first-half embers was bad, and the home side struggled to arrest momentum in the second half.

But few will remember that after Smith held his nerve to snatch victory for England in the throes and give Twickenham a first defining memory of their princely fly-half talent.

Ben Youngs – 6

Sharp thinking to attack the blindside for Steward’s try but a couple of misdirected box-kicks spoiled, slightly, a reasonably quiet (and short) day. Taken off before 50 minutes, which was a surprise.

17:39 , George Flood

That’s what it means...

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Full-time

17:08 , George Flood

England 27-26 South Africa

An incredible win for England, sealed by Marcus Smith.

Just remarkable. What a game!

PENALTY! England 27-26 South Africa | Marcus Smith 80'

17:04 , George Flood

80 mins: Never in doubt!

What a moment for Smith, who has surely ensured that England beat the world champions at Twickenham.

Fabulous drama... and a great take from Stuart at the kick-off!

Tempers boil over once again. Etzebeth could be in trouble for that aerial challenge.

17:02 , George Flood

79 mins: Here come England and Jantjies gives away the penalty!

Then comes another and Smith will have the chance to win this with a kick from the tee from a central position.

Brilliant from England. Tempers boil over between both sets of players.

17:01 , George Flood

78 mins: England lose another line out after more fine work from Etzebeth.

But they have the ball back!

17:00 , George Flood

76 mins: A crucial, crucial line out steal from Etzebeth!

That could prove fatal for England with time running out.

16:58 , George Flood

75 mins: It’s 14 apiece as Kolisi joins Stuart in the bin! He protests his innocence, but it won’t do any good.

England have the penalty, which Smith booms into touch.

16:56 , George Flood

75 mins: The Springboks look to be clear but are stopped by Etzebeth’s woeful pass towards Marx and England breathe a sigh of relief as the ball is knocked on.

Kolisi then clatters Marchant in the air. The captain could be in a spot of bother here...

PENALTY! England 24-26 South Africa | Frans Steyn 73'

16:55 , George Flood

73 mins: More England ill-discipline and South Africa lead again!

I can barely keep up with this.

TRY! England 24-23 South Africa | Makazole Mapimpi 70’

16:51 , George Flood

70 mins: South Africa quickly make their numerical advantage count as their rolling maul twice applies the pressure and narrows the England defence.

They open up and it’s a great take from Am before Mapimpi goes over in the corner.

But the conversion is missed! England still lead by one point with 10 minutes to go.

Amazing late drama at Twickenham.

16:49 , George Flood

66 mins: Stuart yellow carded for England’s persistent infringements and South Africa are quickly camped deep in the 22...

TRY! England 24-18 South Africa | Raffi Quirke 65'

16:45 , George Flood

65 mins: Now then!

What a moment for the 20-year-old Sale scrum-half on only his second England appearance.

Marchant hits the gap in South Africa’s midfield after a perfect popped offload from Slade and charges forward before feeding Quirke, who sprints clear to touch down England’s third try of the afternoon at a critical time.

South Africa’s first lead of the day is quickly wiped out. England back ahead by 6!

16:44 , George Flood

64 mins: Franco Mostert and Jasper Wiese enter the fray for South Africa.

PENALTY! England 17-18 South Africa | Elton Jantjies 63'

16:43 , George Flood

63 mins: The easiest of kicks.

South Africa lead for the first time today with just over 15 minutes to play.

Will we see a reaction from England?

16:41 , George Flood

62 mins: No doubt that Ewels caught Etzebeth square in the face with his right arm there, but the lock was clearly on his way down after the low tackle from Lawes.

No foul play. The officials stick with the original penalty.

16:40 , George Flood

62 mins: The Springbok pressure is relentless now and England jump offside to offer the chance for South Africa to take the lead for the first time this afternoon.

Etzebeth spun out of a tackle from Lawes there and was hit high by Ewels. This will be checked by the TMO.

16:38 , George Flood

61 mins: Francois Steyn - who replaced Le Roux a little earlier - tries a cheeky drop goal (stop me if you’ve heard that one before) but just misses the mark.

Nic Dolly and Charlie Ewels replace Blamire and Jonny Hill for England, who are conceding so many penalties now as Quirke’s clearing kick is charged down by the towering figure of Etzebeth.

16:36 , George Flood

59 mins: South Africa power to the England line and it looks like a double movement from Kwagga Smith as he tries to touch down.

But it’s terrific last-ditch defending, Smith is held up and Malins gets his hands on it! Superb.

16:34 , George Flood

57 mins: South Africa charge down the left wing and that’s a crucial-looking tackle from Malins on Reinach.

But there were two infringements from England there and the Boks will kick for touch inside the 22.

Momentum is really with the world champions now.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

16:32 , George Flood

Momentum has just started to swing South Africa’s way as England continue to struggle with discipline.

Both sides ringing the changes: England’s early withdrawal of Ben Youngs a big show of faith in Raffi Quirke.

Eddie Jones trusting his half-back pair of the future.

16:32 , George Flood

55 mins: Alex Dombrant and Will Stuart are on for England, with Underhill and Sinckler making way.

Elton Jantjies has also replaced Pollard at 10 for South Africa, who absolutely skewer England at the set-piece.

It’s another scrum penalty and the Springboks boot into touch downfield.

PENALTY! England 17-15 South Africa | Handre Pollard 54'

16:29 , George Flood

54 mins: Here come South Africa again as De Allende crashes past Steward and Kolisi goes through Smith as if he isn’t there.

After another De Allende carry, Underhill has his hands in the ruck despite the shout of ‘no’ from referee Brace and he is penalised.

No mistake from Pollard this time. It’s a two-point game with 25 minutes still to play at Twickenham.

16:27 , George Flood

51 mins: South Africa earn another scrum penalty, but they are struggling to inflict much pressure on this England back three, who have been commanding and composed under the high ball thus far.

Steward in particular has looked so impressive in his short England career to date.

16:24 , George Flood

49 mins: A change in the England front row as Joe Marler replaces Rodd. Youngs has also just been replaced early by Raffi Quirke, who is winning his second cap.

A big call that from Jones with so much time left.

Le Roux spills a high ball unchallenged and De Allende flips over Curry as tensions rise at Twickenham.

16:21 , George Flood

47 mins: Sinckler rather jumps into a big hit from Koch and South Africa earn a penalty.

Pollard steps up... but misses again! He had been so reliable in the first half.

How costly will those prove to be?

16:19 , George Flood

45 mins: A sweeping Springbok attack down the right looks likely to lead to a try after a fine offload from De Allende to captain Kolisi, who just loses track of Kriel and, thankfully for England, his pass sails out of play.

16:17 , George Flood

44 mins: This time Pollard is off the mark!

Here comes the Bomb Squad.

Marx, Kitshoff and Koch all on.

16:16 , George Flood

43 mins: A big win for the Springboks at scrum time early in this second half.

Pollard to make it a two-point game...

Second half

16:13 , George Flood

Back underway at Twickenham.

Can England turn their five-point half-time lead into a memorable win, or will the world champions turn it on with the Bomb Squad?

Let’s find out.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

16:04 , George Flood

A half increasingly dominated by breakdown inaccuracy and the whistling of referee Andrew Brace.

Twickenham has been ready to roar when England have cut some nice attacking shapes, but South Africa are clinging on well, able to force ruck errors from the home side and draw penalties.

An encounter very much in the balance, even after those two early England tries.

Half-time

16:00 , George Flood

England 17-12 South Africa

A fine start from England, with tries from Tuilagi - who had to go off injured - and Steward.

However, the flawless kicking of Pollard has kept the Springboks in touch, despite a below-par first-half display.

15:59 , George Flood

40 mins: England have the ball again just before the interval, but South Africa collect Youngs’ quick kick and put the ball out of play to invite the half-time whistle.

A breathless first 40!

15:58 , George Flood

39 mins: An attempted drop goal from Smith close to the break never had a chance. A really poor effort as he looked to push the lead to eight at half-time.

England had managed to set themselves up again in the Springbok 22 after pressure at the line out following superb work from Malins to come forward, collect the loose ball and in a flash arrow a terrific kick in behind.

15:56 , George Flood

37 mins: Curry with more relentless pressure at the breakdown and South Africa are whistled for being off their feet.

England kick for touch, but the Springbok defence holds firm after close-range interplay between Sinckler and Blamire from the line out.

It doesn’t catch out anyone and England are quickly driven back before being caught off their feet.

15:53 , George Flood

35 mins: Twickenham on its feet again as England carry well close to the Springbok line, but Rodd is absolutely crunched by opposite number Nche.

Welcome to Test rugby, Bevan.

South Africa have the penalty and can duly clear their lines.

15:50 , George Flood

32 mins: Great hands from Underhill to scoop the ball up and pick out Curry after it had gone loose from Youngs’ dart.

Steward feeds Malins, who sprints down the right wing but is hauled into touch by a great defensive effort from De Allende.

PENALTY! England 17-12 South Africa | Handre Pollard 30’

15:48 , George Flood

30 mins: South Africa have been comfortably second best so far this afternoon, but the trusty boot of Pollard has them back within five points.

Another excellent kick that was never in doubt. England need to keep their discipline here.

PENALTY! England 17-9 South Africa | Handre Pollard 26'

15:45 , George Flood

26 mins: A huge kick from 54 metres from Pollard, who is up to nine points in this first half and keeping the underpar Boks in touch.

South Africa get away with a big error from prop Trevor Nyakane - not on the same wavelength as scrum-half Reinach - as England are pinged for offside as they look to attack the oceans of space down the right flank through Marchant.

Ironic cheers from the home crowd as Pollard slips while launching the penalty 40 metres into touch.

PENALTIES! England 17-6 South Africa

15:42 , George Flood

23 mins: Pollard and Smith exchange penalties to make it 17-6.

England’s came after some great work from Tom Curry, with towering lock Eben Etzebeth punished at the breakdown.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

15:38 , George Flood

This has been very, very good from England so far.

A delicious pass from Henry Slade to put Freddie Steward into space and plenty of punch in the close-in carry of the sizeable England full-back, who continues to look to the manor born at international level.

TRY! England 14-3 South Africa | Freddie Steward 17'

15:34 , George Flood

17 mins: A second Test try for the Leicester full-back, who crashes over with green shirts draped all over him after some more incisive England play.

Jones’ side are moving the ball quickly and with purpose, with Slade making some wonderful passes.

Steward initially breaks forward thanks to Slade’s brilliant pass into space and Kolisi manages to stop May, but there is no denying England, who look very in the mood.

Another great Smith conversion sails through.

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PENALTY! England 7-3 South Africa | Handre Pollard 14'

15:32 , George Flood

14 mins: No mistake from the experienced South African fly-half.

England’s early lead is reduced to four points.

15:30 , George Flood

12 mins: The pressure is coming from South Africa now after a kick goes straight out on the full and a low boot deep into the England 22 is nightmare fuel for Jonny May, who just about manages to collect before being left completely isolated and pinged for holding on.

The Springboks have a penalty and will kick for the posts.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

15:29 , George Flood

An outstanding start for England. Using the boot intelligently with accurate, varied kicks, they advanced into the South African 22 and accurate phase play forced the Springboks defence too narrow.

Sharp hands and Manu Tuilagi had enough room to canter over in the corner - but the England centre came up sore and has had to depart, taking the shine off, rather, a very good first ten minutes for Eddie Jones’ side.

15:25 , George Flood

8 mins: A limping Tuilagi won’t be able to continue after picking up that injury while scoring.

Max Malins is on in his place.

Bittersweet for England.

TRY! England 7-0 South Africa | Manu Tuilagi 7’

15:23 , George Flood

7 mins: England make their early dominance tell!

It’s been a super start from the hosts, who are smart at the line out and keep possession well.

Smith orchestrating things deep inside the Springbok 22, with Henry Slade lobbing a great pass out to Tuilagi, who dives over.

But he’s hurt.

A fine conversion makes it an early 7-0 lead for England.

15:21 , George Flood

5 mins: First test passed by this inexperienced England front row as the Springboks push too early and give away the penalty.

Smith with a short boot into touch as the hosts keep the pressure on...

15:19 , George Flood

3 mins: Really positive stuff from England, with Marcus Smith directing the play amid questions of a high tackle on the Harlequins star.

Ben Youngs aims an enticing diagonal grubber towards the South African line, which Willie Le Roux has no choice but to touch down behind.

England look to mount some huge pressure with a five-metre scrum...

15:17 , George Flood

2 mins: Some early aerial tests for Jonny May and Freddie Steward, with the latter breaking forward.

Back and forth the ball goes in the air...

Kick-off

15:16 , George Flood

We are underway at Twickenham!

The returning Handre Pollard kicks to get us off and running.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

15:14 , George Flood

Twickenham is in outstanding voice, Laura Wright’s soprano drowned out by 82,000 (or so) voices who add their accompaniment to “God Save the Queen”.

Both sides look rather ready for this one.

15:12 , George Flood

No shortage of pyrotechnics as Courtney Lawes leads out England in the absence of Owen Farrell.

A real sense of occasion around HQ.

Time for the national anthems.

15:09 , George Flood

Here come South Africa, led by Siya Kolisi. A brilliant atmosphere bubbling at Twickenham.

‘Seven Nations Army’ by the White Stripes blaring out.

Harry Latham-Coyle at Twickenham

15:06 , George Flood

It’s a warm enough afternoon for late November under leaden Twickenham skies, with Laura Wright and a youth choir treating us to a rendition of “Jeruslaem”, in part to celebrate 150 years of the Rugby Football Union.

As is customary, the two national flags are draped across a surface not perhaps in perfect condition, but the atmosphere is already fizzing as Twickenham fills for England’s sternest test of the autumn.

Jones backs Rodd and Blamire to rise to challenge

15:02 , George Flood

A huge challenge awaits both Bevan Rodd and Jamie Blamire today.

The England front-row duo have only seven caps between them and now face the mighty and incredibly physical Springbok pack.

But Jones has every confidence in the pair as he resisted the urge to recall the likes of Mako Vunipola to the squad with Ellis Genge out with Covid and Joe Marler on the bench after only managing to train yesterday after coming out of isolation.

“They can change the course of rugby history,” Jones said.

“Sixty-five percent of the Tests between South Africa and England have been won by South Africa so we can change that course of history. These young guys have got it in them.

“For young front rowers, these are the sorts of games you want at the start of your career.

“You’re up against it. The opposition fancy themselves a bit. You can prove yourself to be an outstanding player and they will.”

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Erasmus ban

14:52 , George Flood

There will be no Rassie Erasmus present at Twickenham this afternoon of course.

The Springboks’ controversial director has been banned from all rugby for two months and from South Africa match days for a whole year following his hour-long video rant slamming the refereeing in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions back in July.

Eddie Jones hopes Erasmus won’t try and pull a Jose Mourinho today...

“Hopefully they’re going to check the laundry baskets - Rassie might be hiding in there,” the Australian said.

“They’re very good at galvanising the emotion of the situation and I’m sure they’ll use the situation to their advantage.

“They’ve got a strong sense of unity, they’ve got a strong sense of country pride and that carries them a long way.”

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Final preparations at Twickenham

14:41 , George Flood

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14:33 , George Flood

England’s players arriving at Twickenham earlier this afternoon...

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Topsy Ojo: Smith can flourish in Farrell absence

14:22 , George Flood

Former England wing and Standard Sport columnist Topsy Ojo believes the absence of Owen Farrell at Twickenham this afternoon could be a blessing in disguise, as far as Marcus Smith is concerned...

Other than the first game of this Autumn Nations Series against Tonga, he has always been there. He rarely misses Test matches.

The fact that Owen is not fit means the onus is rightly on the other people in the team to step up and deliver — and that starts with Marcus Smith at fly-half.

He will lean heavily on Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade, too, as his second pair of eyes, but now he’s in the 10 shirt Marcus can really dictate things a bit more and put more of his identity into this England team.

This is kind of the more traditional set-up Marcus is used to playing with. He has got that hard-hitting runner at 12 and then a bit more creativity at 13, like he has at Harlequins with Andre Esterhuizen and Joe Marchant. It should all just allow Marcus to run the show a bit more.

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Click here to ready Topsy Ojo’s latest Standard Sport column in full

Jamie George exclusive:

14:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

“I felt like I was getting back to close to my best, so timing wise it couldn’t have been worse.

“When I was named in the squad, [South Africa] was the game I was looking forward to the most. I didn’t get to play the games I wanted to on tour, and it is the first time we get a go at them since the World Cup final.

“But the main thing actually was just getting another opportunity to play at Twickenham. The atmosphere was absolutely ridiculous and I will never take for granted the impact of a crowd again.”

You can read more from our exclusive interview with Jamie George here.

Lineups

13:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

England:

15 Freddie Steward, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Bevan Rodd, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Tom Curry.

South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 0 Handre Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 1 Ox Nché, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 3 TrevorNyakane, 4 Ebenezer Etzebeth, 5 Lood de Jager, 6 Siya Kolisi, 7 Kwagga Smith, 8 Duane Vermeulen.

Team news

13:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

In the absence of Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes captains England for the second time, while Jones has reshuffled his backline.

Manu Tuilagi returns to his usual position at centre, with Harlequins’ Marchant – a centre usually – in on the wing. He beats Max Malins, who is on the bench, and Adam Radwan to the No14 jersey.

Marcus Smith will marshal the backline from fly-half, with Henry Slade at outside centre as one of two vice-captains alongside Tom Curry.

The Springboks, meanwhile, have brought in Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Lood de Jager into the XV following last week’s win over Scotland.

How to watch

13:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

Live steam: England vs South Africa will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime Video with coverage starting from 14.15pm GMT on Saturday.

LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates from Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

Welcome!

12:32 , George Flood

Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of England vs South Africa.

Kick-off is at 3.15pm GMT at Twickenham Stadium.

Harry Latham-Coyle will be attending.

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