England v South Africa tips: New look England face tough first task
The autumn internationals get underway this weekend, and with the 2019 World Cup now less than a year away, they’re more meaningful than ever.
England start by welcoming South Africa to Twickenham on Saturday. They’ll then face New Zealand, Japan and Australia before November is out.
The Red Rose have been training in Portugal ahead of Saturday’s encounter and Eddie Jones has rung the changes as he looks ahead to the World Cup.
South Africa beat England 2-1 in a three Test series on home soil back in June, so this should be an excellent test of where this new-look England are at. Skipper Dylan Hartley has more caps than the rest of the squad combined.
England, fourth in the world rankings, are 8/11 to make amends this weekend in front of a roaring Twickenham crowd.
The handicap betting further highlights how close this one could be. There’s 10/11 about England -2.
One of the casualties of Eddie Jones’ team selection is Mike Brown. The 33-year-old usually features at the head of the tryscorer betting, but has been dropped as the England coach looks to the future.
Brown has played in 29 of 31 Tests under Jones, but has been dropped for the first time.
Manu Tuilagi is another man back in the fold, but has been ruled out through injury, with Chris Ashton stepping in.
Johnny May is will be one to watch, having posted seven tries in his last seven England matches. He’s 8/1 favourite to score the first try.
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