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England v South Africa talking points

England host South Africa on Saturday in the first of four autumn internationals to be staged at Twickenham.

Here, Press Association Sport examines five talking points heading into the match.


Jones has said England will emulate Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope tactics against George Foreman in the 'Rumble in the Jungle' in 1974 by soaking up the pressure brought to bear by South Africa's giant big ball carriers before using their rugby intelligence to deliver the knockout blows. The Springboks will be hoping brawn beats brains.


A decade has passed since England last prevailed in the fixture, a dire sequence that bridges nine defeats and a draw, and they are desperate to end that on Saturday. Given their own nine-Test triumphant run under Jones, something must give at Twickenham.


Little over a year ago Jones and Steve Borthwick masterminded the greatest upset in rugby history when Japan toppled South Africa 34-32 in Brighton. It was a result that re-established Jones in the top echelon of coaches and paved the way for the Australian's appointment by England, who will be hoping his magic touch continues.


Jones sprang a selection surprise when Elliot Daly was chosen above the fit Jonathan Joseph at outside centre. It is the first time Joseph has been dropped since establishing himself in the team in 2015 and Daly offers a different skill set, using his acceleration to glide through gaps while also possessing a long-range left boot. It is his first Test start after five replacement appearances and his response to the show of faith is eagerly awaited.


In Chris Robshaw, Tom Wood and Billy Vunipola, England field the same back row that started against Wales in last autumn's World Cup, albeit in different roles. Wood will be making his first international since the tournament having been called "distinctly average" by Jones in January, but he has returned to the fold with orders to halt South Africa on the gainline.


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