England captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George ruled out of South Africa clash by injury


England suffer double injury blow as captain Owen Farrell and hooker Jamie George are ruled out of Saturday’s showdown against world champions South Africa at Twickenham

  • The Saracens pair were injured during Saturday’s victory over Australia 
  • Owen Farrell’s absence is a massive blow for England head coach Eddie Jones
  • Without Jamie George, England’s pack face a daunting task against South Africa 


Owen Farrell and Jamie George have been ruled out of England’s autumn finale against South Africa.

The Saracens pair were injured during Saturday’s victory over Australia, dealing a significant blow to Eddie Jones’s plans.

Skipper Farrell injured his ankle and hooker George injured his knee – before both were ruled out after scans on Monday.

Owen Farrell’s absence is a massive blow for England head coach Eddie Jones

It means Jones is likely to field a new look backline around Marcus Smith on Saturday, with George Ford still overlooked.

Without George, England’s pack face a daunting task against South Africa’s bomb squad, as front-line hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie is also sidelined.

Gloucester hooker Jack Singleton has been called up as cover, behind Jamie Blamire and Nic Dolly.

In the prop department, Ellis Genge has been ruled out with covid and Joe Marler will not return from isolation until Friday, so Gloucester’s Harry Elrington has been drafted into the squad.

England prop Jamie George injured his knee in the first-half against Australia on Saturday

England prop Jamie George injured his knee in the first-half against Australia on Saturday

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