Danny Cipriani at flyhalf for England

Paola Ditto
Giugno 24, 2018

Cipriani, 30, replaces George Ford, who drops out of the 23-man squad entirely.

'We've had a really upbeat training week, ' said England coach Eddie Jones.

Danny Cipriani will make his first England start for a decade after being selected at fly-half for Saturday's third and final Test against South Africa.

Cipriani's presence in South Africa is the first time he has been involved in an England squad under Jones, who previously held doubts over his capacity to be a disruptive influence in a team environment.

"My plan was always to come back and play for England".

While conditions for the first two tests on the high veld were dry, rain is forecast for Cape Town on Saturday.

South Africa made one further change to its starting lineup, with Chiliboy Ralepelle coming in for Bongi Mbonambi, as Erasmus used the opportunity of a dead rubber to take a wider look at his players with the 2019 Rugby World Cup in mind.

Jones expects a tough battle up front and has been forced to make three changes in the pack.

"My emotions are that I want to be the calmest guy on the field so that when worldwide pressures come on, people can turn to me and understand that I'm thorough in what I'm doing", Cipriani said.

Prop Joe Marler comes into the side in place of Mako Vunipola, who has returned home for family reasons, while Nathan Hughes takes over at number eight from Billy Vunipola, who re-fractured his arm in last weekend's loss in Bloemfontein. England hasn't lost six tests in a row in 12 years.

"I just feel this game is going to revolve a lot around kicking and with Danny at 10 it gives us a left foot kicking option". We will need to jump out of the blocks quickly again and make sure we maintain that pressure and make good decisions. We want another committed performance where it will be crucial to maintain our composure when the heat is on. Reserves: Schalk Brits, Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit, Jean-Luc du Preez, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, Willie le Roux.

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