England v South Africa: No major changes - Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster
Lancaster will look to select the nucleus of the side which narrowly lost to New Zealand
Autumn international - England v South Africa
Date: Saturday, 15 November; Time: 14:30 GMT; Venue: Twickenham; Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and full live text commentary online. Highlights on BBC Three at 19:00 GMT.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has hinted he will look to avoid "wholesale changes" for Saturday's match with South Africa at Twickenham.

England were narrowly beaten by world champions New Zealand in their first of four autumn internationals last weekend.

"It will be limited changes. This group deserves another go," said Lancaster.

"Making wholesale changes for this game on the back of the performance against New Zealand would be wrong."

The All Blacks have lost only twice since winning the World Cup in 2011, but found themselves 14-11 behind at half-time to an England side that inflicted one of those defeats in 2012.

But New Zealand fought back in the second half, leading 24-14 before a late England penalty try.

"When there's that frustration inside you that you want to improve, you've got to give someone a chance to do that," added Lancaster.

"In my mind, there's a four-game series here to play and I've got further selection decisions down the line. We need to stick with there-or-thereabouts the same team to give them the chance to improve.

"Otherwise, if you're always chopping and changing, it's very hard to get the consistency you need."

England are assessing the fitness of lock Courtney Lawes and hooker Dylan Hartley, who are both recovering from concussion.

Winger Semesa Rokoduguni was replaced against New Zealand with a hip problem, centre Kyle Eastmond has been in quarantine with sickness, while lock Dave Attwood missed training on Monday with a knock to his leg.

Lancaster is confident all will make a full recovery by Thursday, when he will name his side to face South Africa.

England Squad: D Attwood (Bath), B Barritt (Saracens), K Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), M Brown, D Care (both Harlequins), C Clark, L Dickson (both Northampton Saints), K Eastmond (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Bath), A Goode (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), J Haskell (Wasps), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), G Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), G Kruis (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), J May, B Morgan (both Gloucester), M Mullan (Wasps), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), C Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), S Rokoduguni, H Thomas (both Bath), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), B Vunipola (Saracens), A Watson, R Webber (both Bath), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), D Wilson (Bath), T Wood (Northampton Saints), M Yarde (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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