Richard Ferguson

England team to face Springboks

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 7 Jun 2012 at 14:04
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England coach Stuart Lancaster has handed two players their debuts against the Springboks this Saturday, with prop Joe Marler and flank Tom Johnson starting their first games in the White jersey, while Brad Barritt and Mouritz Botha will face their country of birth for the first time.

The team sees four changes from the last test they played, against Ireland in the Six Nations, and with Lancaster now in control permanently (he was caretaker coach during the Six Nations), has made minimal changes to his side.

Ben Youngs is back as first choice scrumhalf, partnering Owen Farrell in the all-important halfback combination, while flanker Chris Robshaw continues to captain the side. The Springboks may have the better of the English in the scrums, but their backline looks potent on attack as well as being defensively strong. The midfield combination of Barritt and New Zealand born Manu Tuilagi can cause havoc.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler

Substitutes: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Paul Doran Jones, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Toby Flood, 22 Jonathan Joseph


  • Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Tom Johnson, Mouritz Botha, Dylan Hartley, Lee Dickson

    What do they have in common?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.12 14:41:46 by Die Kriek Reply
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  • Nice backline, hard working forwards ,not going to be easy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.12 14:44:52 by Talent Reply
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  • Frans Steyn needs to put a lot of pressure on Owen Farrell. Owen’s game will fall apart if the Barbarians game is anything to go by.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.12 14:48:12 by Ben Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : They all play for the Saracens?

    Just guessing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.12 14:50:52 by Ben Reply

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  • What does Mike Brown, Brad Barritt, Ben Foden, Owen Farrell and Geoff Parling have in common?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 14:53:53 by Ben Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : Or maybe all of them weren’t born in England?

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.12 14:55:13 by Ben Reply

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  • We underestimate this England side at our peril. I hope we learned something from the JWC game of the Baby Boks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.12 15:27:45 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 7) : And from the Sharks vs Lions, given that the Sharks have provided the bulk of the team…

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.12 15:37:12 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 8) : I was trying to forget that game. Thanks dude! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.12 15:39:04 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 9) : I’d have thought you’d have learnt not to watch the “easy games”…

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.12 15:42:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • all born in another country.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.06.12 15:58:14 by pete69 Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 10) : Can´t help watching. Like an accident on the highway…

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.06.12 16:00:21 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @rhineshark (Comment 12) : Thankfully I’ve moved beyond that. Hard work, but worth the effort. I’m a much happier person, much less probe to bouts of aggression and/or depression… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.12 16:02:11 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 13) :

    but wait…..there is always Saturday!! :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.12 16:04:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 13) : I´m also much better of late. I used to be impossible to speak to for an entire weekend after such a pathetic performance. Lately, I am OK by Sunday afternoon. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.12 16:04:35 by rhineshark Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 6) : Bullsey, 6/22 were not born in England, 2 Saffas, a Samoan, a Kiwi, and, surprisingly, two Germans

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.12 16:55:24 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : Germans? :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.12 17:00:14 by Ben Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 16) : Got a answer to comment #5?

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.06.12 17:01:55 by Ben Reply

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  • this is gonna be awesome!!!!!!! at one stage frans steyn and brad barritt competed for the #12 jersey for the sharks, now they are playing against each other for two different countries.

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.06.12 17:09:18 by sharksmart Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 18) : All Sarries?

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.06.12 17:54:57 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 17) : Tom Johnson and Lee Dickenson were both born in Germany

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.06.12 17:56:21 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 20) : Nope. The answer is…. ‘Absolutely nothing’! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.06.12 18:14:26 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 22) : :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.06.12 20:04:44 by rhineshark Reply

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  • Must say me being a current Kearsney boy I’m proud to see Barritt playing for England! Still supporting the Boks all the way tho… Also is Matt Stevens still in the Eng squad? Englands looking like the second home for Kearsney pupils

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.06.12 20:08:50 by KC_Sharks Reply

  • @KC_Sharks (Comment 24) : Stevens was ruled out ahead of the tour due to injury

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.06.12 20:27:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kom Fransie; wys vir Brad wie’s die baas!

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.06.12 21:07:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan thanks:) one less South African playing for England! I think they must stop poaching our players….

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.06.12 21:33:01 by KC_Sharks Reply

  • Well their cricket team got to number one in the world using foreigners, maybe their rugby union is trying the same.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.06.12 21:51:01 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : I hope Brat has excellent game in a loosing battle :)

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.06.12 12:12:26 by Franshark Reply
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  • :| Can we get to 5 o’clock allready…. :arrow:

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.06.12 14:19:58 by Franshark Reply
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  • OK, so ill be chatting with myself
    Hey see its starting to rain in durbs, and the temp is dropping….

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.06.12 14:23:44 by Franshark Reply
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  • Okay, let’s do this Bokke!

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.06.12 16:18:59 by vanmartin Reply
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