Eng name big guns for Boks

2010-11-25 14:39

Bagshot - England manager Martin Johnson has reverted to the starting line-up that trounced Australia for Saturday's one-off Test match against South Africa at Twickenham.

Johnson had made a handful of changes for last weekend's victory over Samoa, resting captain Lewis Moody, centre Mike Tindall, prop Dan Cole and blindside flanker Tom Croft.

All four players have returned to beef up England's ranks as Johnson aims to finish the autumn international series on a winning note against the world champions.

Bath centre Matt Banahan, who impressed in the win over Samoa, drops down to the replacements bench in place of Delon Armitage, who drops out of the matchday squad.

Stade Francais flanker James Haskell also misses out, with South African-born Hendre Fourie providing back-row cover.


England (15-1)

Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Mike Tindall, Shontayne Hape, Mark Cueto; Toby Flood, Ben Youngs; Nick Easter (captain), Lewis Moody, Tom Croft; Tom Palmer, Courtney Lawes; Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Andrew Sheridan

Replacements: Steve Thompson, Matt Banahan, Danny Care, Hendre Fourie, David Wilson, Simon Shaw, Charlie Hodgson

South Africa (15-1)

Zane Kirchner; Gio Aplon, Frans Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Lwazi Mvovo; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (capt), Bakkies Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: Adrian Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Willem Alberts, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Adi Jacobs


  • Stephen - 2010-11-25 14:55

    wonder who the Ref and the linesmen will be as this could have a bigger bearing on the game than the composition of the Pommie team

      Ingwe - 2010-11-25 17:15

      Why? Please don't start making excuses regarding the ref before the game has started. Man up, only losers and children make excuses.

      Rossman - 2010-11-25 19:06

      Who cares. The points difference will be too large for the result to be determined by a ref.

  • FYC - 2010-11-25 18:02

    Bring Flouw and Potgieter!!

      MB1810 - 2010-11-26 08:48

      Flouws no good, just like Stegman he dissapears against the class opponents. Gosh I miss Brussouw, I really hope he gets back to form quickly after his injury.

      FYC - 2010-11-26 17:07

      Brussouw hasn't played in a decade - he's overs.

  • Chadwick - 2010-11-26 10:43

    ...still have no clue why Zane Kirchner is in the team. He kicks away possession from the back and can't tackle to save his Nik Nak hair.

      Makutu - 2010-11-26 12:36

      Zane Kirtchner must go help build toilets in Khayelitsha.

  • johnny.bamberger - 2010-11-26 11:39

    Stegman is uselss and should never be picked in the squad, nevermind the starting line-up. I also dont see the point in playing de VIlliers and Steyn together, they are too predictable and show no efforts to be innovative!

  • MACKAROONEY - 2010-11-26 14:10


  • Amos Moledi - 2010-11-28 09:24

    all of you who commented losers, you are losers and cowards

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