Eddie Jones’ side are looking to end an upside-down 2022 in style with a eminent victory over the reigning world champions after closing a 19-point deficit in sensational fashion with three last-minute tries to go an exciting 25-25 save draw against New Zealand last weekend.
While England were clearly second-best in their third showdown with the All Blacks in eight years, that late, late show has undoubtedly boosted confidence further after a shock defeat to Argentina at the start of autumn was followed by a confident seven-try escape from Japan.
The Springboks travel to south-west London after beating Italy to react to narrow defeats by Ireland and France but without Rassie Erasmus with the controversial rugby director, who has been banned again for his latest social media antics, in which he criticizes match officials who continue to cause a stir.
This is only England’s second meeting with South Africa since losing in the 2019 World Cup final in Yokohama, with revenge being won last November thanks to a crucial late penalty by Marcus Smith.
Date, kick-off time and venue
England v South Africa takes place on Saturday 26 November 2022 with kick-off scheduled for 17:30 GMT.
Twickenham Stadium will host the game.
This is how you watch England vs South Africa
TV channels and live stream: Saturday’s game can be watched live on Amazon Prime Video, the streaming service available on multiple platforms including smart TVs, phones, tablets and laptops.
A subscription to Amazon Prime currently costs £8.99 a month in the UK.
Live broadcast: You can also follow all the action via Standard Sport’s match blog, with expert analysis from rugby correspondent Nick Purewal in Twickenham.
Team News England vs. South Africa
Jones has made four changes to the England side that started against the All Blacks, with Mako Vunipola and Jamie George replacing vice-captain Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie on the front row.
Versatile Northampton lockdown Alex Coles is called back at the blindside flanker to add additional lineout skills. Sam Simmonds also falls to the bench and Jack Willis cuts out completely.
In the background, Tommy Freeman gets the nod over Jack Nowell for his first performance since the summer tour of Australia, with Manu Tuilagi – some 11 years after his first – earning a 50th Test cap as the Marcus Smith-Owen Farrell axis remains intact and Jack van Poortvliet stays despite his tough game against New Zealand.
England resist the urge to call in hero Will Stuart, influential center Henry Slade or Ben Youngs on the fly.
South Africa will be hampered by this game, which falls outside the international testing window as the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Vincent Koch, Trevor Nyakane, Jasper Wiese, Cobus Reinach and Andre Esterhuizen are all unavailable having returned to their clubs. Former World Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit, meanwhile, is suspended.
There are four changes in total from the XV that started the 63-21 win over Italy in Genoa when the Boks pulled away with a typically physical performance in the second half, with Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel, Makazole Mapimpi and Evan Roos all were drafted.
Damian de Allende has been moved to the center and Kurt-Lee Arendse changes crosses, winger Canan Moodie is back on the bench from injury and will be joined by South Africa A-players Thomas du Toit, Marco van Staden and Jaden Hendrikse as Jacques’ substitutes Never supports .
Lineups England vs South Africa
England XV: Steward; Freeman, Tuilagi, Farrell (c), May; Smith, Van Poortvliet; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Coles, Curry, B Vunipola.
Substitute: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Ribbans, Simmonds, Youngs, Slade, Nowell.
South Africa XV: Le Roux; Arendse, Kriel, De Allende, Mapimpi; Willemse, De Klerk; Nche, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Orie, Kolisi (c), Mostert, Roos.
Substitutes: Marx, Kitshoff, Du Toit, Van Staden, Smith, Hendrikse, Libbok, Moodie.
England vs South Africa Prediction
England were well underperforming for most of the game against New Zealand prior to that crazy finish, with their pack struggling particularly and being firmly second best on set pieces.
Improving this has been the primary focus for what promises to be a furious, gory encounter with the Boks, who pride themselves on their brute strength and overwhelming physicality.
If they can rise to the challenge, England should be able to compete with world champions who are far from infallible, as defeats in Dublin and Paris show.
But if you find too few in this department, South Africa will take full advantage, with threats across the park despite a somewhat depleted selection.
England to shadow a close encounter.
England vs South Africa odds
England wins: 4/7
Win South Africa: 6/4
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).