Owen Farrell gets England nod at fly-half for South Africa showdown

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Owen Farrell will start at fly-half in a reshuffled England line-up to face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday. There are seven changes in addition to Farrell’s positional switch from inside centre from England’s last outing against the Springboks in Cape Town in June.

It is only the third time Farrell has been handed the England No 10 jersey since the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with George Ford dropping to the bench. Eddie Jones has also recalled the fit-again Ben Te’o in midfield alongside Henry Slade, despite the fact the Worcester centre has played just 28 minutes of rugby since May.

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