Port Elizabeth - Alex Goode and Thomas Waldrom will
make their first starts for England in the third and final Test against
South Africa after coach Stuart Lancaster named a side containing six
changes on Thursday.
Seeking a consolation victory after two
defeats, injuries to flank and captain Chris Robshaw (thumb) and
scrumhalf Ben Youngs (shoulder) has forced Lancaster to call up James
Haskell and Danny Care respectively.
However, wing David
Strettle, lock Mouritz Botha, number eight Ben Morgan and loosehead prop
Joe Marler drop out of Saturday's starting lineup to allow the coach a
final chance to weigh up his options on the tour.
Alex Corbisiero and lock Tom Palmer will join Saracens fullback Goode
and Leicester number eight Waldrom on the field, with Ben Foden shifting
from fullback to the left wing.
Marler and Botha are relegated
to the bench while centre Brad Barritt, who suffered an eye injury in
the first Test is also amongst the replacements.
Goode and New Zealand-born Waldrom both won their first caps when they
came off the bench in England's 36-27 defeat to the Springboks in the
second Test in Johannesburg last weekend.
Care has not played for
England since last August while Haskell, a member of New Zealand Super
Rugby franchise Highlanders, will return to Test action for the
first time since last year's World Cup.
The 25-year-old Care has
endured a turbulent start to 2012 and was dropped from the England squad
in January after being charged with drunk driving.
the match having already lost the series, Lancaster maintained he was
looking forward to what the new faces would bring to the team.
am really pleased for Alex (Goode). He has worked hard in training and
has been pushing Mike Brown and Ben Foden close, so we are looking
forward to him bringing his footballing skills to this Test," Lancaster
said in a statement.
"Danny Care, likewise, has bided his time in
a very competitive position, knuckled down and deserves his chance, as
has James Haskell, who has played this season for the Highlanders at
"We felt that the pack got some momentum in the
second half last week so we have gone for Alex and Tom, but I am sure
Joe Marler and Mo Botha can make an impact from the bench."Teams:
15 Gio Aplon, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtwarira
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Bjorn Basson
15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 James Haskell, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Alex Corbisiero
Substitutes: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Mouritz Botha, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Brad Barritt