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Attwood captains Saxons in Bloemfontein

8 June 2016

Dave Attwood will captain England Saxons against South Africa ‘A’ this Friday in Bloemfontein, in a team also featuring his Bath Rugby teammates Semesa Rokoduguni and Charlie Ewels.

The starting 15 features a wealth of senior England experience, with a total of 60 caps shared among the side, led by Attwood, who partners Saxons debutant Ewels in the second row. Rokoduguni starts on the wing. 

Ollie Devoto - who joins Exeter Chiefs from Bath next season - and Tommy Taylor, who both came off the bench to gain their first England caps in the recent Old Mutual Wealth Cup victory against Wales, are among the names starting on Friday.

Saxons will play South Africa’s second team for the first time at Bloemfontein’s Free State stadium, kicking off at 6.10pm BST with the match broadcast live on Sky Sports 3.

"We’re really pleased with how the group is progressing together," said Head Coach Ali Hepher.

"We’re developing the players, which is key to this tour, and we now want to see how they perform on the international stage.

“We want to see a team that doesn’t hold back, that is fearless in the way it puts itself out there, but is also very accurate, playing smart rugby with or without the ball.”

The side play South Africa ‘A’ twice, with their second game taking place at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday 17 June (KO 6.10pm BST).  

England Saxons match-day 23 for first game against South Africa ‘A’

15. Mike Haley 

14. Alex Lewington 

13. Nick Tompkins

12. Ollie Devoto 

11. Semesa Rokoduguni 

10. Danny Cipriani 

9. Dan Robson 

1. Alec Hepburn 

2. Tommy Taylor 

3. Kieran Brookes 

4. Dave Attwood (C)

5. Charlie Ewels 

6. Donovan Armand 

7. Matt Kvesic 

8. Sam Jones 

Replacements

16. George McGuigan 

17. Ross Harrison 

18. Jake Cooper-Woolley

19. Mitch Lees 

20. Dave Ewers

21. Micky Young

22. Sam James 

23. Christian Wade 

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