England announce team to face Boks


Jonathan Joseph will start his first England international in Saturday’s second Test against South Africa at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg.


The London Irish centre comes in at No 13 in place of Manusamoa Tuilagi, who switches inside for Brad Barritt in a side showing five changes – two positional – from the one that started the first Test.

Toby Flood replaces Owen Farrell at fly half, Ben Foden moves to full back for the injured Mike Brown and David Strettle comes on to the left wing.

The pack remains the same while there are changes on the replacements’ bench, where Alex Corbisiero gets his first chance in the Castle series, in place of Paul Doran Jones, while Alex Goode takes over from Toby Flood.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I am delighted for JJ. He has trained very well and showed against the Barbarians and in his short time on the field in the 1st Test that he is ready to make the step to international rugby. To have two 21-year-old centres is exciting and we are looking forward to seeing this combination in action.

“Owen has had a fantastic season and I am sure he will make a significant impact from the bench. However, Toby has waited patiently for his opportunity and the time is right to allow him the chance to demonstrate his experience and skills in what will be a very tough challenge.

“It’s a shame for Mike Brown who worked hard to get that Test start but Ben Foden naturally reverts to full back and we return to the wing partnership of David Strettle and Chris Ashton that served us well in the RBS 6 Nations.”

England team to face South Africa

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
13 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
12 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
11 David Strettle (Saracens)
10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
6 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins)
8 Ben Morgan (Scarlets)

16 Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
17 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
19 Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
21 Owen Farrell (Saracens)
22 Alex Goode (Saracens)

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  1. a bit of a shock to see Farrel dropped to the bench – I would have thought he would play 12.

    Tuilagi at 12 is a bit odd – not known for his distribution!? laughawie:
    Flood is a good distributor but what will that help if the ball does not go past 12? laughawie:

    Joseph also supposed to be exciting so I suspect Tuilagi to bash it up a few times then be the dumy runner in the next few with the ball going straight from 10 to 13.

  2. Foden more dangerous from 15 IMO with more ball… this is a good side again… time for another Hedge bet with such huge odds on England…

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 12:02 pm:

    Hehe it also means ‘beast/wild animal’ in Tongan and Samoan pronouncing the ‘g’ in place of the ‘n’ as they do in Fiji…

  3. Here’s hoping Marler get pinged again like last week against Jannie…

    Corbisiero must still be carrying a wee injury…

  4. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 1:30 pm:

    Boks on the highveld really need to pace the game-up a bit more too… Sam Warburton said on The Rugby Club tonight that the last test was the fastest paced game he’s ever played…

    These teams are simply not used to these flat-tracks against players S15 teams…

    That said Kafer has tipped Wales out of the Panel…

  5. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:08 pm:

    Wales are a GOOD side and a BIG side – if they get their finger out they can do a job on Aus! wales had a lot of players that have not played in months and the cobwebs will be well and truely blown away now! Expect a harder test.

    Ireland – well they are pretty fooked IMO

    Poms – will give the Bokke a good fight but doubt they can last the power and pace of the Bok game for 80min.

  6. Boks must just not take the foot
    off the gas when they are 15 ahead.
    Could end up in a Pom slaughter this test.
    Boks are confident and being coached

    to Heyneke.

  7. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:44 pm:

    You’ll love this one Boertjie…

    Cape Town – Springbok hooker and vice-captain Bismarck du Plessis says everything is different in the Springbok camp since Heyneke Meyer took over from Peter de Villiers.

    Meyer was named Bok coach in January after De Villiers’s contract was not renewed for the 2012 season.

    “Everything has changed, nothing is like it was previously. It’s like two different worlds,” Du Plessis is quoted as saying in Beeld.

    “There’s not even one lineout call that is still the same. That’s quite an adjustment. Every night we have to sit and learn all these new lineout signs – that’s the hard part of this new regime,” quipped the 28-year-old Du Plessis.

  8. Reply to Boertjie @ 5:13 pm:

    It infers…

    – The Boks probably hadn’t changed their LO and play calls much in 4 years (or from JW’s time)…

    – Bissie ain’t as studious as his brother the doctor…

  9. Reply to Boertjie @ 3:44 pm: good point. Last line out before England score the last try I saw Spies smiling and having a chuckle. The Boks went to sleep and they scored

    Big worry is kick offs. Beast needs to watch the ball more. They are going to attack kick offs.

    Flood can be intimidated and cant wait to see Bissie or Alberts charging in his direction.

  10. Lambs to slaughter. Foden has to be better at 15 than he was at 10 last game. He’s a kicker and a crappy distributer.
    Toby Flood is an upgrade in this regard and that in and of itself shows the dire straits England is in.
    SA will be more comfortable with the scheme and destroy England by 14+.

  11. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 7:14 am:

    Oh for Pete sakes. Thanks for catching that JT

    I confuse Farell with Foden. Foden is nails. Farell is about as appealing a distributor as British cuisine…Blah.

    It’s late and while it not be politically correct to say it…

    All those white guys sort of look the same anyway huh?:P