Thursday 22 February 2018

Robshaw eyes historic win

Captain Chris Robshaw knows England must make history to haul themselves back into their Test series in South Africa today.

England, 1-0 down with two matches to play, face the daunting task of having to beat the Springboks at their most famous and formidable venue at Ellis Park, Johannesburg to get back into contention.

South Africa have lost just once at Ellis Park in the last 10 years.

Robshaw experienced the ground for the first time as he led the captain's run final training session before the match yesterday.

"It was incredible. You look around -- these are the stadiums you watch on TV and it is so impressive," Robshaw said. "We want to come here and put our mark on history."

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made some bold changes as he looks to bounce back from last weekend's 22-17 loss.

Powerful three-quarter Manu Tuilagi has been moved to inside-centre with Jonathan Joseph brought in for his first start outside him. Toby Flood has also been restored at out-half in place of Owen Farrell.

South Africa -- P Lambie; J P Pietersen, J de Villiers (capt), F Steyn, B Habana; M Steyn, D Hougaard; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, E Etzebeth, J Kruger, M Coetzee, W Alberts, P Spies. Reps: A Strauss, W Kruger, F van der Merwe, K Daniel, R Pienaar, B Basson, W Olivier.

England -- B Foden; C Ashton, J Joseph, M Tuilagi, D Strettle; T Flood, B Youngs; J Marler, D Hartley, D Cole, M Botha, G Parling, T Johnson, C Robshaw (capt), B Morgan. Reps: L Mears, A Corbisiero, T Palmer, P Dowson, L Dickson, O Farrell, A Goode.

REF -- A Rolland (Irl).

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