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Sky Live: South Africa 'A' v England Saxons

Christian Wade of the England Saxons during the International match between South Africa A and England Saxons
Image: Christian Wade will start for England Saxons on Friday

Wasps wing Christian Wade is one of three changes to the England Saxons starting XV for their second match against South Africa on Friday, live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 5.30pm.

Having won the first Test 24-32, the Saxons now travel to George to face South Africa A at Outeniqua Park.

Wade comes off the bench to start, replacing the injured Alex Lewington, while Dave Ewers comes in at blindside flanker, with Don Armand moving to No. 8. Exeter Chiefs' Sam Hill comes in onto the bench.

"We've got to improve again," said Head Coach Ali Hepher, ahead of the final Test.

"South Africa will come back with an improved performance and so we need to make a shift as big, if not bigger than they do.

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Highlights of the England Saxons' 32-24 win over South Africa A in Bloemfontein

"We've been working on certain things in training so that we can put more into the games and take our opportunities better when they come. We'll be looking to be more clinical this week."

On the squad changes, he added: "Unfortunately Alex Lewington has picked up an injury and so is not available.

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"There were a couple of big performances off the bench last time and so they have pushed their cases to make the starting line-up."

SA 'A' coach Johan Ackermann has also made changes and has called on his charges to end the two-match series with a win against a formidable opponent.

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At the back, Sergeal Petersen, Lukhanyo Am, Francois Brummer and Piet van Zyl will start in the places of Travis Ismaiel, Howard Mnisi, Garth April and Nic Groom respectively. Ismaiel and Mnisi are on the bench with Ntando Kebe.

Upfront, Arno Botha, Jean-Luc du Preez, RG Snyman, Jason Jenkins, Marcel van der Merwe and Malcolm Marx are in the starting line-up, replacing Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Stephan Lewies, JD Schickerling, Vincent Koch and Scarra Ntubeni. Carr and Schickerling move to the replacements bench, where they will be joined by Edgar Marutlulle.

England Saxons: 15 Mike Haley, 14Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Dave Attwood (c), 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Donovan Armand 

Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Micky Young, 22 Sam Hill, 23  Sam James.

South Africa 'A': 15 Leolin Zas,14 Sergeal Petersen,13 Francois Venter, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 1 Thomas du Toit, 2 Malcolm Marx, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 4 Jason Jenkins, 5 RG Snyman, 6 Jean-Luc du Preez, 7 Oupa Mohoje (c) 8 Arno Botha.

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Lizo Gqoboka, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Ntando Kebe, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Travis Ismaiel.

Watch South Africa 'A' v England Saxons  live on Sky Sports 3 HD on Friday from 5.30pm. Catch the match for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass.

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