England v South Africa: Tommy Freeman comes on the wing as the hosts make changes


Freeman was in the starting line-up for England’s two wins against Australia this summer
Place: Twickenham Stadium Date: November 26, Saturday Start: 17:30 GMT
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Northampton’s Tommy Freeman takes Jack Nowell’s place on the wing in one of four changes for England’s game against South Africa on Saturday.

Freeman, who impressed on the summer tour of Australia, recently returned to his club following a foot injury.

Elsewhere, Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie have dropped to the bench with Mako Vunipola and hooker Jamie George included in the starting line-up.

Alex Coles replaces Sam Simmonds to add a third jumper in the sideline.

Jack van Poortvliet continues at scrum-half ahead of Leicester’s Ben Youngs.

“We’re going to go out there to fire people up,” head coach Eddie Jones said.

“The support at Twickenham was fantastic last week and we want to work hard on the pitch to make sure we have that kind of atmosphere again on Saturday.”

The changes seem designed to address some of the weaknesses New Zealand suffered for much of the game last weekend before England came back to claim it. 25-25 tie in the last 10 minutes.

Nowell, who didn’t make ground with the ball in hand, focused on cross-court shots lined up against the taller Caleb Clarke.

Freeman, 6ft 2in, is equally at home as a fullback.

England’s teams were under a lot of pressure in the scrum as they struggled to contain opposite number Genge Tyrel Lomax.

Jones’ selection means that the front line that started the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against South Africa – a tight forward of Vunipola, George and Kyle Sinckler – will take to the field at Twickenham.

Jones accepted afterexternal link That he should have opted for Joe Marler’s scrumming strength ahead of Vunipola That 32-12 defeat in Yokohama.

South Africa, who lost to Italy last weekend against Ireland and France, are without several key players.

With the match taking place outside World Rugby’s window for international action, a number of players based outside South Africa, including Leicester’s Jasper Wiese and Harlequins’ Andre Esterhuizen, have had to fulfill obligations to their clubs.

However strong lineup still includes some of Japan’s 2019 stars such as Eben Etzebeth, Makazole Mapimpi and Faf De Klerk.

England: Caretaker; Freeman, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), May; Smith, Van Poortvliet; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Coles, Curry, B Vunipola.

Subs: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Ribbans, Simmonds, Youngs, Slade, Nowell.