England’s third and final match in the Autumn Internationals 2021 campaign, also known as the Autumn Series of Nations, is against South Africa at Twickenham.
This will be the first time the two teams will meet after the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Tokyo, when the Springboks won the world title. It’s time for revenge.
England started their autumn campaign with a convincing 69-3 win over Tonga.
When is it?
Saturday, November 20th.
What time does it start?
Which TV channel is it on?
Amazon Prime Video will play all English games.
What is the latest team news?
English captain Owen Farrell was given permission to play after his Covida case was confirmed as false positive.
Farrell missed Tonga’s 69-3 defeat at the start of the Autumn Nations series in Twickenham after he was forced into self-isolation due to the result of a PCR test conducted last Thursday.
But now he will rejoin the team after a sample examination revealed he has no virus with an NHS test and trace on Sunday morning, giving the green light to exit quarantine.
Unfortunately for England, the lab that reviewed the test found it to be false positive on Saturday morning before the match in Tonga, but Farrell was only told he could return to the team’s main training base in Surrey.
The Saracens and Lions star had to start for half a year and it was only 90 minutes before the start that it was announced that he would not be playing against the Islanders.
“Owen Farrell’s next PCR was also negative, so he was released from self-isolation,” the Rugby Football Union statement added.
Due to his availability, Jones now faces a puzzle of who to choose in the middle.
George Furbank proved to be a great alternative when he started in the half against Tonga, but Marcus Smith stepped off the bench and stole the show, encouraging a late avalanche of points, despite entering the game with a leg injury.
Jones is likely to return to the planned 10-12 Smith and Farrell alliance, but this would break a very effective midfield combination of Manu Tuilagi and match player Henry Slade.