London - Wasps
centre Elliot Daly is set to make his first England start after being
named on Thursday in the run-on XV to face South Africa at Twickenham on
Daly, all of whose five previous caps have come off the bench, has
edged out Jonathan Joseph with the Bath midfielder, who has been
struggling with a minor groin injury, now among the replacements.
Daly's inclusion alongside Owen Farrell gives England a midfield featuring both a left-footed and right-footed kicker.
This is the first time that Joseph has been dropped since becoming an England regular during the 2015 Six Nations.
Elsewhere in the backs, wing Jonny May returns after a lengthy lay-off.
Up front, flank Tom Wood has been recalled in place of the injured James Haskell.
Wood returns after nearly a year of Test exile, having been
previously overlooked by Eddie Jones, who replaced Stuart Lancaster as
coach following hosts England's first-round exit at last year's World
Wood beat Nathan Hughes to a place in the starting side, with the
Wasps back row one of three uncapped players on a bench featuring
Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler and Worcester centre Ben Te'o.
"We've picked a match-day 23 with a blend of experience and youth," said Jones.
Courtney Lawes is set to win his 50th cap as he resume his 2015 Rugby World Cup second row partnership with Joe Launchbury.
The pair return in the absence of injured first-choice locks Maro
Itoje and George Kruis as England seek an 11th straight win and 10th in a
row under Australian coach Jones, who currently has a perfect record as
Red Rose boss.
In all there are six changes to the England side that beat Australia
44-40 in Sydney to complete a 3-0 series win against the Wallabies.
Dylan Hartley, the hooker, again captains England, bidding for a
first win over the Springboks since 2006 - a run spanning 12 Tests.
"We've trained well this week
and I'm pleased with how the players have come together and responded
to some of the things we've asked them to do," Jones said.
"The boys are focused and ready to go."
"We're looking forward to the game. It's a fantastic opportunity to show how much depth we have in English rugby.
"With a few influential players not available for selection this is a
great opportunity for some of the new faces to put both feet forward
and we're backing them to do the job for us.
"Test matches are always about the contest up front and South Africa
pride themselves in the set-piece but we'll be ready for the challenge.
"We congratulate Courtney Lawes on his 50-cap milestone - an excellent achievement.
"I'm also pleased to see a number of returning players get their
chance on Saturday, most notably Jonny May after his long injury
Saturday's match is the first of England's four end-of-year Tests,
with Fiji, Argentina and Australia arriving after the Springboks at
Twickenham on successive weekends.
South Africa are due to name their side at 15:00 (SA time) on Thursday.
15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola
Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te'o, 23 Jonathan Joseph