Wade starts for Saxons

Date published: June 15 2016

Wasps wing Christian Wade is one of three changes to the England Saxons starting side for their second match against South Africa ‘A’ on Friday.

Having won the first game 32-24, the Saxons now travel to George to face South Africa ‘A’ at Outeniqua Park looking to wrap up the series.

Wade comes off the bench to start, replacing the injured Alex Lewington, while Dave Ewers comes in at blindside flanker, with Don Armand moving to number eight. Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Hill comes in on the bench.

“We’ve got to improve again,” said head coach Ali Hepher, ahead of the final Test.

“South Africa will come back with an improved performance and so we need to make a shift as big, if not bigger than they do.

“We’ve been working on certain things in training so that we can put more into the games and take our opportunities better when they come. We’ll be looking to be more clinical this week.”

On the squad changes he added: “Unfortunately Alex Lewington has picked up an injury and so is not available.

“There were a couple of big performances off the bench last time and so they have pushed their cases to make the starting line-up.”

England Saxons: 15 Mike Haley 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Don Armand, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Dave Attwood (c), 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Sam Jones, 21 Micky Young, 22 Sam Hill, 23 Sam James

Date: Friday, June 17
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Egon Seconds (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)