London Irish centre 'JJ' gets his first test start

JONATHAN JOSEPH will start his first England international in Saturday’s second Test against South Africa at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg.

The London Irish centre comes in at No 13 in place of Manus Tuilagi, who switches inside for Brad Barritt in a side showing five changes – two positional – from the one that started the 1st Test.

Toby Flood replaces Owen Farrell at fly half, Ben Foden moves to full back for the injured Mike Brown and David Strettle comes on to the left wing.

The pack remains the same while there are changes on the replacements’ bench, where Alex Corbisiero gets his first chance in the Castle series, in place of Paul Doran Jones, while Alex Goode takes over from Toby Flood.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I am delighted for JJ. He has trained very well and showed against the Barbarians and in his short time on the field in the 1st Test that he is ready to make the step to international rugby. To have two 21-year-old centres is exciting and we are looking forward to seeing this combination in action.

“Owen has had a fantastic season and I am sure he will make a significant impact from the bench. However, Toby has waited patiently for his opportunity and the time is right to allow him the chance to demonstrate his experience and skills in what will be a very tough challenge.

“It’s a shame for Mike Brown who worked hard to get that Test start but Ben Foden naturally reverts to full back and we return to the wing partnership of David Strettle and Chris Ashton that serves us well in the RBS 6 Nations.”

South Africa v England
Saturday, 16 June 2012 at Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 1600 BST (live on Sky Sports HD and BBC Radio 5 Live)

Starting XV:
15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 David Strettle, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Mouritz Botha, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Tom Johnson, 7 Chris Robshaw (C), 8 Ben Morgan

16 Lee Mears, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Lee Dickson, 21 Owen Farrell, 22 Alex Goode