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Owen Farrell and Jamie George withdrawn from England squad

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Captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George have withdrawn from England’s squad to face South Africa due to injury.

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Farrell sustained an ankle problem during Saturday’s 32-15 win over Australia, while fellow Saracens player George suffered a knee issue in that game.

Jack Singleton and his uncapped Gloucester team-mate Harry Elrington have been called up by Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday’s Twickenham clash with the Springboks.

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The Rugby Football Union also announced Joe Marler would join the group on Friday after completing his 10-day isolation period following a positive coronavirus test result.

England are preparing to meet South Africa for the first time since suffering a 32-12 defeat in the final of the 2019 World Cup in Yokohama.

Head coach Jones has named a 34-man squad for the game, which rounds off his side’s autumn campaign following consecutive wins over Tonga and the Wallabies.

Front-rower Singleton, 25, returns to the international fold having won three caps in 2019, including a substitute appearance against the United States during the World Cup pool stage.

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Loosehead prop Elrington, 27, joined Gloucester ahead of the current season having begun his career with London Irish.

An RFU statement reads: “Eddie Jones has confirmed his 34-player squad for this week’s Test match against South Africa.

Owen Farrell (ankle) and Jamie George (knee) have withdrawn from the squad with injuries sustained during England’s 32-15 win over Australia last Saturday.

Gloucester Rugby’s Harry Elrington and Jack Singleton have been called up and have joined with the group today at Pennyhill Park.

Joe Marler will join with the squad on Friday after completing his 10-day isolation period following his positive COVID test result.”

ENGLAND SQUAD

FORWARDS
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 4 caps)
Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 35 caps)
Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Nic Dolly (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 3 caps)
Harry Elrington (Gloucester Rugby, uncapped)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 25 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 50 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 89 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 10 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 73 caps)
George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 1 cap)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 8 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 46 caps)
Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 14 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 26 caps)

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BACKS
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Max Malins (Saracens, 9 caps)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 6 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 68 caps)
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Raffi Quirke (Sale Sharks, 1 cap)
Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 42 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 4 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 45 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 111 caps)

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