No place for Cipriani, but Brad Shields set to make England debut

Wasps playmaker Danny Cipriani has been left out of the England twenty-three ahead of their first test against South Africa this Saturday, but soon to be Wasps flanker, Brad Shields is looking to make his first appearance in an England shirt from the bench.

Mako Vunipola will earn his 50th cap this weekend alongside Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler in the front row whilst brother Billy makes his return to an England shirt for the first time since the 2016 Six Nations and will be hoping to make a big impact, working on areas that England have been struggling with in his absence.
The back row is completed by the experienced Chris Robshaw and less experienced Tom Curry who will put on the England shirt for the second time following his debut last summer against Argentina.
Nick Isiekwe makes his first full debut alongside Maro Itoji in the second row as the Saracens paring are one of seven starting players to have featured in the Premiership final just over two weeks ago.

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There is no change at half-backs with both Ben Youngs and George Ford retaining their places from the defeat to the Barbarians. Owen Farrell stays at his preferred international position of inside-centre whilst Henry Slade starts outside him.

The back three is also unchanged from the Barbarians game with Mike Brown and Elliot Daly swapping their regular positions and Jonny May keeping his place on the right wing.
The switch of Daly and Brown is slightly puzzling with Daly’s pace and direct playing style suiting the wing more than full-back and Brown’s accuracy under high ball favouring him to the position where he has earned so many caps for his country.

The replacements, or as Eddie Jones names them ‘finishers’ offer little experience but great impact when those starting begin to tire.
Shields who unusually is cover for the second row joins uncapped Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer as one of the eight finishes, as Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Harry Williams and Nathan Hughes complete the forwards.
Piers Francis takes Cipriani’s place and Denny Solomona slots into the 23 shirt as cover for the backs.

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England face the Springbox at their rugby home in front of a packed Ellis Park, and whilst England are hoping to make history with a first-ever series win against the Springbox, their hosts are one step ahead in the history books as Siya Koliski becomes the first black player to captain the national side in a test match in what is set to be an extremely fast-paced, free-flowing game. Kick off, 16.05 BST.

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