Dylan Hartley to lead inexperienced England pack against South Africa | Robert Kitson

• Co-captain to win 94th cap at Twickenham on Saturday
• ‘I’m just delighted I still have the chance to play for England’

Never have England prepared for a Twickenham international so far from home nor entered an autumn series with so many experienced forwards missing. Plenty of pre-match stats will follow the team back to the UK from Portugal on Thursday but the most eye-catching is that the England co-captain Dylan Hartley has more caps than the rest of his pack combined.

When the team-sheet is confirmed, the only seasoned red rose regulars up front will be Hartley, George Kruis and Maro Itoje, joined by a host of names either making their first home Test starts or entirely unaccustomed to this level. If South Africa do not know precisely what to expect from Brad Shields, Zach Mercer, Alec Hepburn, Tom Curry, Ben Moon, Charlie Ewels and Mark Wilson they are not alone.

Continue reading...

About the Author

Comments are closed.