Alex Goode will make his first international start in Saturday’s 3rd Test of the Castle series against South Africa at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
The Saracen came off the bench in the 2nd Test and will start at full back in place of Ben Foden, who takes over from David Strettle on the left wing.
Goode’s elevation is one of six personnel changes from the side that started in Johannesburg with Danny Care, Alex Corbisiero and Tom Palmer getting first tour Test starts for Ben Youngs, Joe Marler and Mouritz Botha, while James Haskell replaces the injured Chris Robshaw and Thomas Waldrom is in for Ben Morgan at No 8. Brad Barritt has recovered from eye surgery and is among the replacements.
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I am really pleased for Alex. He has worked hard in training and has been pushing Mike Brown and Ben Foden close so we are looking forward to him bringing his footballing skills to this Test. Danny Care likewise has bided his time in a very competitive position, knuckled down and deserves his chance, as has James Haskell, who has played this season for the Highlanders at No 7. We felt that the pack got some momentum in the second half last week so we have gone for Alex and Tom but I am sure Joe Marler and Mo Botha can make an impact from the bench.
“The guys did the shirt proud in Potchefstroom on Tuesday and I have no doubt that the 22 involved on Saturday will rise to this final challenge as we look to end this almost 12-month season on a high.”