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Anthony Watson named for England v South Africa clash

England have named Anthony Watson on the right wing for tomorrow's Twickenham clash with South Africa in the only change to the team defeated by New Zealand.

Watson made his debut as a second-half replacement in the 24-21 loss to the All Blacks and has been given his first Test start after Bath team-mate Semesa Rokoduguni was ruled out with a thigh injury.

The 20-year-old's place on the bench is taken by Harlequins' Marland Yarde in the only other adjustment to the match-day 23.

"Anthony has been pushing hard for a while," said head coach Stuart Lancaster. "We feel he's ready to start."

Second-row Courtney Lawes and hooker Dylan Hartley have been cleared to take their places in the starting XV after recovering from the concussions they suffered against New Zealand.

The Northampton pair have been following the graduated return to play protocols this week and have been passed fit.

Tom Wood, a third Saints player, starts after being a doubt with an injury that England would only describe as "soreness".

The Rugby Football Union has launched an investigation into allegations of homophobic abuse of referee Nigel Owens at Twickenham last Saturday. Owens, who is openly gay, is claimed to have been the subject of discriminatory taunts by supporters.

Meanwhile, Dan Carter will make his first Test start of 2014 when the All Blacks face Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow.

The fly-half, now fully recovered from a broken leg, will feature in a team showing 13 changes and two positional switches from the victory over England last weekend.

Only Ben Smith and skipper Richie McCaw remain, with Smith moving from wing to full-back and McCaw featuring for the first time during his stellar international career at blindside flanker instead of wearing the No 7 shirt.

Hooker James Parsons makes his Test debut, and there are also starts for the likes of Colin Slade - normally a fly-half, but chosen on the wing - centre Malaki Fekitoa, prop Joe Moody and second-row Dominic Bird.

Shoulder injuries have sidelined locks Brodie Retallick and Patrick Tuipulotu.

Scotland are unchanged from the side that beat Argentina 41-31.

Irish Independent