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Eddie Jones urged to make big changes for third Test vs South Africa

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England succumbed to their fifth consecutive Test match loss yesterday as yet again, the team looked scintillating during the first 10 minutes but more like a group of amateurs for the majority of the game.

Two early tries from Mike Brown and Jonny May gave the team hope as they lead 12-0 with 15 minutes played.

But much like the match in Johannesburg seven days prior, England then began to give away sloppy and unnecessary penalties and had a number of defensive lapses which led to another disappointing 23-12 defeat.

Ben Youngs showed his frustration by cutting short his interview with Sky Sports Gail Davies and showed the whole world that he and his teammates are struggling to deal with the mental pressure this losing streak has put them under. He later apologised for his actions via social media.

England's lack of discipline once again came to the fore with Nathan Hughes sin-binned in the second half and Mako Vunipola somewhat fortunate not receive his second yellow card in as many weeks.

The pressure on Eddie Jones continues to mount with each passing defeat and Sir Clive Woodward believes freshening up the starting XV for the third and final Test of the series is now a must.

England's World Cup-winning coach from 2003 has urged the current man in charge to make five alterations for next Saturday's clash in Cape Town.

Woodward wrote in the Daily Mail: “It’s time – in fact it’s long overdue – for Danny Cipriani to start in tandem with Dan Robson, his Wasps scrum-half for the last two seasons, and maybe with Elliot Daly, another Wasp, at outside centre. The more Daly has the ball in his hands the better.


"I’d give Mike Brown a rest and have a look at Jason Woodward at full-back and start Jonny May and Nathan Earl on the wing.

"Up front I would give Mako a rest and bring in Ellis Genge but make no other changes unless Billy Vunipola is unfit, in which case Sam Simmonds could play.

"Selection is only part of it. England must get their mindset right. They need to be more positive and precise and more aware of game situations. And they need to believe that they can change all this very quickly."

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Jones will already know he is unable to make one of those suggested changes, however.

England will be without loose-head props Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge in Cape Town. Vunipola will miss the dead-rubber clash due to family reasons and Genge after he picked up a knee injury in training this week. 

Exeter Chiefs’ Alec Hepburn will join up with the squad on Sunday in Durban to provide cover for next weekend’s match with Harlequins’ Joe Marler looking likely to start in place of Vunipola.

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Dan Robson
Danny Cipriani
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Mako Vunipola
Sam Simmonds
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