Joe Launchbury will make his first Test start as England make six changes for Saturday’s Test against South Africa. The lock, 21, replaces Wasps team-mate Tom Palmer, who drops out of the 23, as one of four changes to the pack.
Prop Alex Corbisiero starts in place of the injured Joe Marler, and Tom Wood and Ben Morgan come into the back row for Tom Johnson and Thomas Waldrom.
Ben Youngs is recalled at scrum-half, with Danny Care on the bench, while Mike Brown starts on the left wing. The Harlequins full-back takes over from Charlie Sharples, who was also dropped from the match-day squad.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster has decided sweeping changes are in order following England’s 20-14 defeat by Australia last weekend and in addition to the six changes to the starting XV, there are a further three on the bench.
Wasps flanker James Haskell, Saracens second-row Mouritz Botha and London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph are all among the replacements for the first time this season.
Waldrom and Johnson pay the price as England look to beef up their back row against the famously physical South Africans, with Wood earlier this week relishing the “man test” posed by South Africa. The 26-year-old is set to make his first start since last year’s World Cup after recovering from a persistent foot injury and will form the back row alongside captain Chris Robshaw and Morgan.
Gloucester number eight Morgan appears for the first time since the second Test against South Africa on the summer tour, while loose-head prop Corbisiero has not played for England since coming on as a replacement in the second Test against the Boks in June.
England team to face South Africa: 15 Alex Goode (Saracens, 4 caps), 14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 27 caps), 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 15 caps), 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 9 caps), 11 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 9 caps), 10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps), 8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 7 caps), 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 10 caps), 6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 11 caps), 5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps), 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 2 caps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps), 2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps), 1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, 16 caps).
Replacements: 16 David Paice (London Irish, 4 caps), 17 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 21 caps), 18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 2 caps), 19 Mouritz Botha (Saracens, 9 caps), 20 James Haskell (London Wasps, 43 caps), 21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 35 caps), 22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 10 caps), 23 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, 3 caps).