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England makes six changes

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

LONDON - Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is set to make his first Test start after England coach Stuart Lancaster made six changes to the side for Saturday's (Sunday Fiji time) international against South Africa at Twickenham.

The 21-year-old Launchbury, who came off the bench against both Fiji and Australia this month, replaced clubmate Tom Palmer (calf injury) in a starting side much altered from the one beaten 20-14 by the Wallabies at Twickenham last weekend.

No.8 Ben Morgan, blindside flanker Tom Wood and prop Alex Corbisiero, in for injured loosehead Joe Marler, all make their first starts of the European autumn series, with Wood in the XV for the first time since last year's World Cup following a toe injury.

Morgan and Wood replaced Thomas Waldrom, whose failure to ground the ball cost England a try against the Wallabies, and Tom Johnson respectively.

In the backs, Mike Brown, the Harlequins fullback, starts on the left wing with Alex Goode at No.15 in a bid to counter the Springboks' expected aerial threat.

Ben Youngs was preferred to Danny Care at halfback. Lancaster's men conclude their European autumn campaign against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on December 1.


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