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Ludlow's Jonny Hill back in the England squad

By Joe Edwards | Rugby | Published:

Ludlow’s Jonny Hill has been named in the squad for England’s third and final test against South Africa on Saturday.

Jonny Hill is in the England squad

The 24-year-old lock, who plays his club rugby for Exeter Chiefs, was also on the bench for the first test which England lost 42-39.

Hill is the only player in the 23-man squad yet to be capped.

Set to make hist first England start for a decade is fly-half Danny Cipriani.

Cipriani has ousted George Ford after playing 13 minutes as a second-half replacement for his rival in the series-conceding 23-12 defeat in Bloemfontein last weekend.

The tour to South Africa is his first appearance in an England squad under Eddie Jones and the Gloucester-bound playmaker has now impressed enough to be elevated into the starting XV.

It is only the third time Ford has been dropped since Jones took over in late 2015 and he is omitted from the 23 altogether.

“We are expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option,” said Jones.

“We have had a really upbeat training week. We want another committed performance where it will be crucial to maintain our composure when the heat is on.”

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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