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England’s co-captains still to decide who leads team out at Twickenham

• Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley both in charge
• Manu Tuilagi withdrawal an added headache

Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley are so laid-back about Eddie Jones’s move to joint leaders that they will wait until a few hours before kick-off against South Africa to decide who will lead the team on to the field, Farrell has revealed.

England were due to meet the match referee Angus Gardner on the eve of the game to ask whether he would be prepared to have two players talk to him about decisions at Twickenham but Farrell insisted he did not expect the switch to co-captains to be an issue on the pitch. “I do not see why two captains cannot be better than one,” said Farrell, whose return to his favoured starting position of fly-half may be shorter than anticipated with Manu Tuilagi withdrawing from the bench after suffering a groin strain in training, leaving no centre cover among the replacements given the wing Chris Ashton was called back in.

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