Jones on why Cipriani is starting at Newlands

2018-06-22 10:54
Danny Cipriani (Getty Images)

Cape Town - England coach Eddie Jones has explained his decision to start with Danny Cipriani at flyhalf in Saturday’s third and final Test against the Springboks at Newlands.

Cipriani’s inclusion at the expense of George Ford is one of three changes to the England starting XV from the one which lost in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Joe Marler is named in the front-row replacing Mako Vunipola, who returned home for family reasons earlier this week, while Chris Robshaw replaces Brad Shields at blindside flank due to illness.

Cipriani will make his first start for England since 2008 but Jones revealed that the pivot may not be his usual attacking self on Saturday.

“We are expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option,” Jones told England Rugby’s official website.

“He is a good player, he sees space - opportunities are going to be limited at the weekend and he may be able to take those opportunities for us.

“It’s a different sort of crowd to Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. The crowd are very close to the pitch and are very loud, the track is a little heavier and fewer points tend to be scored.”

England can no longer win the series, having lost the first two Tests in Johannesburg (42-39) and Bloemfontein (23-12).

Saturday’s Test is scheduled for 17:05.


South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 S'bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux


15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Mike Brown, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Ben Spencer, 23 Denny Solomona

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