Lock forward George Robson of Harlequins will lead the English dirt trackers tomorrow afternoon as the they take on the SA Barbarians (South) team in Kimberley. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Barbarians coach Jimmy Stonehouse has been forced into a single change to his side, with Border lock Samora Fihlani replacing the injured Ben Venter on the bench.
The English side is a completely different unit to the one that played in the first test and will feature Highlanders flanker Jamie Haskell as well as the experienced (if out-of-favour) halfback pairing of Danny Care and Charlie Hodgson. Coach Stuart Lancaster will be taking a bit of a chance in sending Care to Kimberley, given that there’s not much to do in that town after the game other than drink and drink some more – a game that the troubles scrumhalf knows only too well!
Bath’s Nick Abendanon, who has been summoned to join the tour party as an injury replacement, will play off the bench. While all the players will be out to impress, it’s amongst the centres and at fullback where the most is to be gained, with Brad Barritt and Mike Brown both needing to be replaced in the test side ahead of Saturday’s second leg in Johannesburg.
SA Barbarians (South): 15-Jacquin Jansen (Boland); 14-Cornal Hendricks (Boland), 13-Kempie Rautenbach (SWD), 12-Wayne Stevens (EP Kings, captain), 11-Norman Nelson (EP Kings); 10-Elgar Watts (Boland), 9-Boela Abrahams (EP Kings), 8-Jacques Engelbrecht (EP Kings), 7-Shaun Raubenheimer (SWD), 6-Mpho Mbiyozo (EP Kings), 5-David Bulbring (EP Kings), 4-Nolan Clark (Boland), 3-Ross Geldenhuys (Boland), 2-Hannes Franklin (EP Kings), 1-Corne Fourie (Pumas).
Replacements: 16-Clemen Lewis (Boland), 17-Dean Hopp (SWD), 18-Samora Fihlani (Border), 19-Zandre Jordaan (Boland), 20-Ntando Kebe (Border), 21-Ricardo Croy (Boland), 22-Ntabeni Dukisa (Border).
England XV: 15 Alex Goode (Saracens) 14 David Strettle (Saracens) 13 Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers) 12 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins) 11 Christian Wade (London Wasps) 10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens) 9 Danny Care (Harlequins) 1 Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors) 2 Joe Gray (Harlequins) 3 Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints) 4 Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) 5 George Robson (capt, Harlequins) 6 James Haskell (Otago Highlanders) 7 Carl Fearns (Bath Rugby) 8 Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers).
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 17 Rupert Harden (Gloucester Rugby) 18 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais) 19 Jamie Gibson (London Irish) 20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) 21 George Lowe (Harlequins) 22 Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby).