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 JosephTweet