Owen Farrell and Jamie George out of South Africa Test

Date published: November 15 2021 - Planet Rugby

England captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George will miss this weekend’s game against the Springboks.

The duo both suffered injuries during the 32-15 victory over Australia, with Farrell going off with an ankle issue and George being replaced at half-time following a knee complaint.

There is no direct replacement for the Red Rose skipper but Jack Singleton has come in for George, while Eddie Jones has further bolstered his pack by calling up loosehead prop Harry Elrington.

Joe Marler to return

The Rugby Football Union also announced Joe Marler would join the group on Friday after completing his 10-day isolation period following a positive coronavirus test result.

England are preparing to meet South Africa for the first time since suffering a 32-12 defeat in the final of the 2019 World Cup in Yokohama.

Head coach Jones has named a 34-man squad for the game, which rounds off his side’s Autumn Nations Series campaign following consecutive wins over Tonga and the Wallabies.

Front-rower Singleton, 25, returns to the international fold having won three caps in 2019, including a substitute appearance against the United States during the World Cup pool stage.

Loosehead prop Elrington, 27, joined Gloucester ahead of the current season having begun his career with London Irish.

England’s 34-man squad

Forwards: Jamie Blamire, Callum Chick, Tom Curry, Trevor Davison, Nic Dolly, Alex Dombrandt, Harry Elrington, Charlie Ewels, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, George Martin, Bevan Rodd, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill
Backs Mark Atkinson, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Alex Mitchell, Raffi Quirke, Adam Radwan, Henry Slade, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs

Kyle Sinckler set to make up for lost time against Boks

England prop Kyle Sinckler is anxious to continue his rivalry with South Africa during Saturday’s clash at Twickenham as he reflects on one of the lowest moments of his international career.

Eddie Jones’ England side dominated Australia 32-15, maintaining their unbeaten run in the Autumn Nations Series that began with a massive 11-try victory over Tonga.

In his absence England were crushed 32-12 and Sinckler admits the event has left its mark.

“I don’t remember the World Cup final. It took me a while to process the incident. You work all your life for that moment but I can’t remember a thing,” Sinckler said.

“I’m not going to lie to you, for two or three weeks after I just sat in my house in a dark room, obviously concussed, trying to process it all.”