England vs South Africa: Teams, lineup, TV coverage, live stream, kick off time for Autumn Nations Series 2021 today

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England vs South Africa: Teams, lineup, TV coverage, live stream, kick off time for Autumn Nations Series 2021 today

Enjoying their Autumn Nations Series campaign so far, Eddie JonesEngland face their toughest challenge yet when world champions South Africa come to Twickenham on Saturday.

Following a difficult Six Nations tournament earlier this year, England can make another statement by rounding off their season with a win over yet another elite side in front of a capacity crowd.

Indeed, Jones can enact revenge on his team’s loss in the 2019 World Cup final and go some way to proving that English rugby is entering an exciting new era.

The English front row have an awful lot of work to do ahead of one of the most powerful scrums in rugby but, having looked strong so far, can at least head into the game in full confidence. Jones, meanwhile, says his team are out to prove the doubters within the Springbok camp wrong.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game.

England vs South Africa date, time and venue

England vs South Africa kicks off at 15.15pm GMT on Saturday November 20, 2021.

The game will be played at Twickenham Stadium in London.

How to watch England vs South Africa

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 here.

England vs South Africa team news

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.

England vs South Africa lineups

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.

England vs South Africa head to head (h2) history and results

England wins: 15

Draws: 2

South Africa wins: 26

England vs South Africa prediction

England have looked strong in this campaign and the win over Australia should provide quite the platform on which to build. Clearly, South Africa are an excellent team too but Eddie Jones’ side are simply flying at the moment.

England win.

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