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England Vs South Africa: Five Key Match-Ups That Could Decide The Game

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Dylan Hartley looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 8, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As the second round of November tests approaches, South Africa will be hoping to return to winning ways after a disappointing test season. The English on the other hand will be looking to beat the Springboks for the first time since 2006. Here we’ve selected five key match-ups that could decide the outcome of the weekend’s biggest fixture. _______ 5. Dylan …

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An England XV To Take On Fiji Based On Domestic Form Alone

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: England gather during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on November 10, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones on Thursday announced his England team to take on the Springboks at Twickenham this Saturday. Few were surprised to see Tom Wood recalled to the back row to fill the void left by James Haskell’s foot injury given the clues Jones had given the media. Likewise Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes’ return to the second row was to …

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Does Harry Mallinder Deserve To Play For England? If So, Where?

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Harry Mallinder of Northampton Saints kicks a penalty during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on September 30, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It is hard to believe that Harry Mallinder is only 20 years old given his maturity and composure on the pitch; indeed the 6ft 5in Northampton Saints man is quickly coming to the forefront of Eddie Jones’ mind, despite not being selected for the 45-man extended squad for the November internationals. Mallinder was one of the standout players of the …

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The American Who Would Make It Into England’s First XV

TOULON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 15: Chris Wyles of Saracens breaks clear to score their third try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between RC Toulon and Saracens at Stade Felix Mayol on October 15, 2016 in Toulon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With England experiencing an injury crisis on the wing, for the first time there is an American rugby player who would get in the Red Rose’s team. Eddie Jones may be without both Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell for the autumn internationals, but just as noteworthy is that one of the form wingers in England is an American. Chris Wyles, who led …

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Watch: Could This 19-Year-Old Be The Next Jason Robinson?

SALFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Paolo Odogwu of Sale Sharks beats Bryan Habana of RC Toulon during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Sale Sharks and RC Toulonon at AJ Bell Stadium on October 21, 2016 in Salford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks was the club where Jason Robinson found his feet in union after switching from league. 16 years on, Sale have found the closest thing to the legendary England back. His name is Paolo Odogwu and he crossed the whitewash against Toulon in the European Champions Cup. See Odogwu’s 25-metre finish below. Sale’s director of rugby Steve Diamond mentored …

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Who Is England’s Most Irreplaceable Player?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: England line up for the anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England’s lengthening injury list ahead of the 2016 autumn internationals has raised the question: who is Eddie Jones’ most irreplaceable player? As a shortlist of five, I would say that England’s key players thus far under Jones have been Dylan Hartley, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Anthony Watson. England, quietly, are building a squad with significant depth. And …

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Top 5 Contenders To Replace Kruis Ahead Of England Vs South Africa

BARNET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: George Kruis of Saracens wins the line out ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Wasps at Allianz Park on October 9, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Injuries have not been kind to England in the build-up to this November Series, and this trend continued as it was announced on Friday that George Kruis would be having ankle surgery, ruling him out for “a number of weeks” according to his club, Saracens. Mark McCall, Saracens director of rugby, said: “After consultation with George and England we are …

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Opinion: English Rugby’s Golden Castles Built On Sand

A small group of English clubs are using their financial clout to take a stranglehold on both the Aviva Premiership and the European Champions Cup, but being funded by a number of multi-millionaires and billionaires means their success is not sustainable in the long-term, argues Paul Wassell. Talent-laden Saracens were the talk of the tournament on Saturday as the current …

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Owen Williams Vows: Best Is Yet To Come From Leicester This Season

Leicester fly-half Owen Williams believes his side have enough quality in their backline “to put teams to the sword” ahead of the Tigers’ game with one-win Worcester at Welford Road later this afternoon. Leicester currently sit in fourth place on the Premiership table with three wins and two losses so far this season and while the Tigers know that last weekend’s loss to Sale …

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England: Five Surprise Selections Eddie Jones Could Make Next Friday

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks around the stadium on a pre match visity to Murrayfield Stadium on February 5, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones since taking over the England head coach job has not been afraid to make interesting and tough calls. He announced Dylan Hartley as his captain ahead of more seemingly calm and respectable leaders. He’s started Chris Robshaw for every game of his tenure despite slagging off the former England captain as recently as this time last year. Even …

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Bath Confirm Two New Signings

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Robbie Fruean of Hawke's Bay tries to keep the ball in play during the round six Mitre 10 Cup match between the Hawke's Bay and Tasman at McLean Park on September 24, 2016 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

In a busy morning on the transfers front, Bath Rugby on Tuesday confirmed the signing of centre Robbie Fruean from Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand and tighthead prop Shaun Knight on loan from Newport Gwent Dragons.  Fruean, who will join at the completion of the Mitre 10 Cup competition in New Zealand, is a strong ball carrier with a highlight reel …

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Chris Ashton Linked With Saracens Exit Following Ban [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Chris Ashton of Saracens takes on the Exeter Chiefs' defence during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been linked with a move away from the defending Premiership and Champions Cup winners, with The Telegraph reporting that the former rugby league star may be lured back to the 13-man code. His old club, Wigan, are reportedly the side interested in bringing the 29-year-old to the Super League once more. Ashton scored 24 tries in 47 …

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Saracens’ McCall Provides Positive Update On Farrell’s Recovery

ST. ALBANS, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Owen Farrell (L) talks to team mate Schalk Burger during the Saracens training session held on August 30, 2016 in St. Albans, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England and Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell could make his season debut this weekend against Harlequins as the Sarries pivot continues to rehabilitate from a back injury suffered during the summer. Second place Saracens will head to the Stoop on Saturday to take on struggling Quins and director of rugby Mark McCall is hopeful that the 24-year-old playmaker may be ready to make …

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