Wasps centre Elliot Daly to start for England against South Africa
By Jefferson Lake at Pennyhill Park
Last Updated: 10/11/16 4:38pm
Elliot Daly will make his first England start on Saturday after being named in Eddie Jones' side to face South Africa at Twickenham.
The Wasps centre, who has won five caps as a replacement, is included in a team which also contains the returning Northampton flanker Tom Wood and Gloucester wing Jonny May, who is back in the international fold after nearly 10 months out with a knee injury.
Hooker Dylan Hartley will lead out a side with a total of 596 international caps between them as they aim to defeat the Springboks for the first time since 2006, in a match live on Sky Sports.
Uncapped trio Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Nathan Hughes (Wasps) and Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors) could all make their debuts after being named as replacements. There are also returns for Joe Marler (Harlequins) and Dave Attwood (Bath).
Lock Courtney Lawes (Northampton) will earn his 50th England cap on Saturday having made his debut against Australia at Twickenham in 2009.
"We've picked a matchday 23 with a blend of experience and youth," said Jones.
"We've trained well this week and I am pleased with how the players have come together and responded to some of the things we've asked them to do. The boys are focused and ready to go.
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"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 rehabilitation and Joe Marler whose attitude and application to training these last two weeks has been first class."
Team: 15. Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2. Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements: 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