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2018 England rugby union tour of South Africa

In June 2018, England played a three-test series against South Africa as part of the 2018 mid-year rugby union tests. The series was part of the sixth year of the global rugby calendar established by World Rugby, which runs through to 2019.[1]

2018 England rugby union tour of South Africa
Coach(es)Eddie Jones
Tour captain(s)Owen Farrell
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 01 00 02
Test match
03 01 00 02
Opponent
P W D L
 South Africa
3 1 0 2
Tour chronology
Previous tourArgentina 2017
Next tourTBA

FixturesEdit

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
9 June 2018 Ellis Park, Johannesburg South Africa   42–39   England
16 June 2018 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein South Africa   23–12   England
23 June 2018 Newlands, Cape Town South Africa   10–25   England

SquadsEdit

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 9 June, the first test match of the tour.

EnglandEdit

On 29 May, England finalised a 34-man tour squad for their 3-test series summer tour of South Africa.[2]

On 11 June, Jack Singleton joined the squad as a third choice hooker option and injury cover for Luke Cowan-Dickie.[3]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Luke Cowan-Dickie Hooker (1993-06-20)20 June 1993 (aged 24) 7   Exeter Chiefs
Jamie George Hooker (1990-10-20)20 October 1990 (aged 27) 25   Saracens
Jack Singleton Hooker (1996-05-14)14 May 1996 (aged 22) 0   Worcester Warriors
Ellis Genge Prop (1995-02-16)16 February 1995 (aged 23) 5   Leicester Tigers
Joe Marler Prop (1990-07-07)7 July 1990 (aged 27) 56   Harlequins
Kyle Sinckler Prop (1992-03-30)30 March 1992 (aged 26) 10   Harlequins
Mako Vunipola Prop (1991-01-14)14 January 1991 (aged 27) 49   Saracens
Harry Williams Prop (1991-10-01)1 October 1991 (aged 26) 8   Exeter Chiefs
Jonny Hill Lock (1994-06-08)8 June 1994 (aged 24) 0   Exeter Chiefs
Nick Isiekwe Lock (1998-04-20)20 April 1998 (aged 20) 2   Saracens
Maro Itoje Lock (1994-10-28)28 October 1994 (aged 23) 19   Saracens
Joe Launchbury Lock (1991-04-12)12 April 1991 (aged 27) 52   Wasps
Tom Curry Flanker (1998-06-15)15 June 1998 (aged 19) 1   Sale Sharks
Chris Robshaw Flanker (1986-06-04)4 June 1986 (aged 32) 64   Harlequins
Brad Shields Flanker (1991-04-02)2 April 1991 (aged 27) 0   Hurricanes
Sam Simmonds Flanker (1994-11-10)10 November 1994 (aged 23) 7   Exeter Chiefs
Mark Wilson Flanker (1989-10-06)6 October 1989 (aged 28) 2   Newcastle Falcons
Ben Earl Number 8 (1998-01-07)7 January 1998 (aged 20) 0   Saracens
Nathan Hughes Number 8 (1991-06-10)10 June 1991 (aged 26) 14   Wasps
Billy Vunipola Number 8 (1992-11-03)3 November 1992 (aged 25) 34   Saracens
Dan Robson Scrum-half (1992-03-14)14 March 1992 (aged 26) 0   Wasps
Ben Spencer Scrum-half (1992-07-31)31 July 1992 (aged 25) 0   Saracens
Ben Youngs Scrum-half (1989-09-05)5 September 1989 (aged 28) 74   Leicester Tigers
Danny Cipriani Fly-half (1987-11-02)2 November 1987 (aged 30) 14   Gloucester Rugby
George Ford Fly-half (1993-03-16)16 March 1993 (aged 25) 45   Leicester Tigers
Piers Francis Fly-half (1990-06-20)20 June 1990 (aged 27) 3   Northampton Saints
Owen Farrell (c) Centre (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 26) 58   Saracens
Alex Lozowski Centre (1993-06-30)30 June 1993 (aged 24) 4   Saracens
Henry Slade Centre (1993-03-19)19 March 1993 (aged 25) 10   Exeter Chiefs
Elliot Daly Wing (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 25) 18   Wasps
Nathan Earle Wing (1994-09-25)25 September 1994 (aged 23) 0   Saracens
Jonny May Wing (1990-04-01)1 April 1990 (aged 28) 34   Leicester Tigers
Denny Solomona Wing (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 24) 2   Sale Sharks
Mike Brown Fullback (1985-09-04)4 September 1985 (aged 32) 69   Harlequins
Jason Woodward Fullback (1990-05-17)17 May 1990 (aged 28) 0   Gloucester

South AfricaEdit

On 26 May 2018, head coach Rassie Erasmus named a 43-man squad for South Africa's June Internationals.[4]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Bismarck du Plessis Hooker (1984-05-22)22 May 1984 (aged 34) 79   Montpellier
Bongi Mbonambi Hooker (1991-01-07)7 January 1991 (aged 27) 14   Stormers
Chiliboy Ralepelle Hooker (1986-09-11)11 September 1986 (aged 31) 24   Sharks
Akker van der Merwe Hooker (1991-06-17)17 June 1991 (aged 26) 1   Sharks
Thomas du Toit Prop (1995-05-05)5 May 1995 (aged 23) 1   Sharks
Steven Kitshoff Prop (1992-02-10)10 February 1992 (aged 26) 24   Stormers
Wilco Louw Prop (1994-07-20)20 July 1994 (aged 23) 6   Stormers
Frans Malherbe Prop (1991-03-14)14 March 1991 (aged 27) 17   Stormers
Tendai Mtawarira Prop (1985-08-01)1 August 1985 (aged 32) 98   Sharks
Ox Nché Prop (1995-07-23)23 July 1995 (aged 22) 1   Cheetahs
Trevor Nyakane Prop (1989-05-04)4 May 1989 (aged 29) 37   Bulls
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock (1992-08-20)20 August 1992 (aged 25) 33   Stormers
Jason Jenkins Lock (1995-12-02)2 December 1995 (aged 22) 1   Bulls
Franco Mostert Lock (1990-11-27)27 November 1990 (aged 27) 18   Lions
Marvin Orie Lock (1993-02-15)15 February 1993 (aged 25) 1   Lions
RG Snyman Lock (1995-01-29)29 January 1995 (aged 23) 0   Bulls
Nizaam Carr Flanker (1991-04-04)4 April 1991 (aged 27) 5   Stormers
Jean-Luc du Preez Flanker (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 22) 10   Sharks
Siya Kolisi Flanker (1991-06-16)16 June 1991 (aged 26) 28   Stormers
Oupa Mohojé Flanker (1990-08-03)3 August 1990 (aged 27) 19   Cheetahs
Sikhumbuzo Notshe Flanker (1993-05-28)28 May 1993 (aged 25) 1   Stormers
Kwagga Smith Flanker (1993-06-11)11 June 1993 (aged 24) 1   Lions
Dan du Preez Number 8 (1995-08-05)5 August 1995 (aged 22) 4   Sharks
Duane Vermeulen Number 8 (1986-07-03)3 July 1986 (aged 31) 39   Toulon
Faf de Klerk Scrum-half (1991-10-19)19 October 1991 (aged 26) 11   Sale Sharks
Embrose Papier Scrum-half (1997-04-25)25 April 1997 (aged 21) 1   Bulls
Ivan van Zyl Scrum-half (1995-06-30)30 June 1995 (aged 22) 1   Bulls
Cameron Wright Scrum-half (1994-04-20)20 April 1994 (aged 24) 0   Sharks
Robert du Preez Fly-half (1993-07-30)30 July 1993 (aged 24) 1   Sharks
Elton Jantjies Fly-half (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 27) 24   Lions
Handré Pollard Fly-half (1994-03-11)11 March 1994 (aged 24) 26   Bulls
Lukhanyo Am Centre (1993-11-28)28 November 1993 (aged 24) 1   Sharks
Damian de Allende Centre (1991-11-25)25 November 1991 (aged 26) 28   Stormers
André Esterhuizen Centre (1994-03-30)30 March 1994 (aged 24) 1   Sharks
Jesse Kriel Centre (1994-02-15)15 February 1994 (aged 24) 30   Bulls
François Steyn Centre (1987-05-14)14 May 1987 (aged 31) 56   Montpellier
Aphiwe Dyantyi Wing (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 23) 0   Lions
Travis Ismaiel Wing (1992-06-02)2 June 1992 (aged 26) 1   Bulls
Makazole Mapimpi Wing (1990-07-26)26 July 1990 (aged 27) 1   Sharks
S'busiso Nkosi Wing (1996-01-21)21 January 1996 (aged 22) 0   Sharks
Curwin Bosch Fullback (1997-06-25)25 June 1997 (aged 20) 2   Sharks
Warrick Gelant Fullback (1995-05-20)20 May 1995 (aged 23) 3   Bulls
Willie le Roux Fullback (1989-08-18)18 August 1989 (aged 28) 41   Wasps

MatchesEdit

English warm-up match (Barbarians)Edit

27 May 2018
15:00 BST (UTC+01)
England   45–63 Barbarians
Try: Daly 16' c
Francis (2) 20' c, 30' c
Mercer 27' c
Launchbury 55' c
May 76' c
Con: Ford (6/6) 18', 20', 28', 31', 55', 76'
Pen: Ford (1/1) 48'
Report Try: Ashton (3) 3' c, 6' c, 24' c
Vito (2) 11' c, 79' c
Russell 38' c
Radradra 43' c
Timani 59' c
Laidlaw 71' c
Con: Russell (7/7) 3', 7', 12', 26', 40', 44', 59'
Laidlaw (1/1) 72'
Fernández Lobbe (1/1) 80'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 51,636
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Henry Trinder   26'
IC 12 Piers Francis
LW 11 Mike Brown   49'
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   61'
N8 8 Zach Mercer   46'
OF 7 Tom Curry
BF 6 Chris Robshaw (c)
RL 5 Joe Launchbury
LL 4 Elliott Stooke   59'
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   61'
HK 2 Jack Singleton   70'
LP 1 Joe Marler   46'
Replacements:
HK 16 George McGuigan   70'
PR 17 Ellis Genge   46'
PR 18 Nick Schonert   61'
LK 19 Josh Beaumont   59'
FL 20 Mark Wilson   46'
SH 21 Dan Robson   61'
FH 22 Danny Cipriani   26'
WG 23 Denny Solomona   49'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones
FB 15   Chris Ashton
RW 14   Josua Tuisova
OC 13   Semi Radradra
IC 12   Josh Matavesi   53'
LW 11   Niyi Adeolokun
FH 10   Finn Russell   68'
SH 9   Rhodri Williams   60'
N8 8   Victor Vito
OF 7   Justin Tipuric
BF 6   Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c)   52'
RL 5   Sitaleki Timani   60'
LL 4   Ultan Dillane
TP 3   John Afoa   65'
HK 2   Benjamin Kayser   56'
LP 1   Denis Buckley   47'
Replacements:
HK 16   Tatafu Polota-Nau   56'
PR 17   Loni Uhila   47'
PR 18   Ramiro Herrera   65'
LK 19   Joe Tekori   60'
N8 20   Nili Latu   52'
N8 21   Greig Laidlaw   60'
FH 22   Luke McAlister   68'
WG 23   Malakai Fekitoa   53'
Coach:
  Pat Lam

Man of the Match:
  Semi Radradra (Barbarians)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Television match official:
Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Notes:

  • This is the first time sine 2014 the Barbarians has defeated England.

South African warm-up match (Wales)Edit

2 June 2018
17:00 EDT (UTC-4)
South Africa   20–22   Wales
Try: Ismaiel 43' c
Mapimpi 58' c
Con: Jantjies (2/2) 44', 59'
Pen: Jantjies (1/1) 18'
R. du Preez (1/1) 73'
Report Try: Amos 30' c
Williams 33' c
Elias 74' m
Con: Anscombe (2/3) 31', 35'
Pen: Anscombe (1/3) 47'
FB 15 Curwin Bosch   31'   40'   49'
RW 14 Travis Ismaiel
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 André Esterhuizen
LW 11 Makazole Mapimpi   76'
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   71'
SH 9 Ivan van Zyl
N8 8 Dan du Preez   53'
OF 7 Oupa Mohojé
BF 6 Kwagga Smith   10' to 19'
RL 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit (c)
LL 4 Jason Jenkins   61'
TP 3 Wilco Louw   44'
HK 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle   52'
LP 1 Ox Nché   44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Akker van der Merwe   52'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   44'
PR 18 Thomas du Toit   44'
LK 19 Marvin Orie   61'
FL 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe   10'   19'   53'
SH 21 Embrose Papier   76'
FH 22 Robert du Preez   61'
WG 23 Warrick Gelant   31'   40'   49'
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Hallam Amos
RW 14 Tom Prydie
OC 13 George North
IC 12 Owen Watkin   56' to 66'
LW 11 Steff Evans   29'
FH 10 Gareth Anscombe
SH 9 Tomos Williams   78'
N8 8 Ross Moriarty
OF 7 Ellis Jenkins (c)
BF 6 Seb Davies
RL 5 Cory Hill
LL 4 Bradley Davies
TP 3 Dillon Lewis   52'
HK 2 Elliot Dee   70'
LP 1 Nicky Smith   48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ryan Elias   70'
PR 17 Wyn Jones   48'
PR 18 Rhodri Jones   52'
LK 19 Adam Beard
FL 20 Aaron Wainwright
SH 21 Aled Davies   78'
FH 22 Rhys Patchell
CE 23 Hadleigh Parkes   29'
Coach:
  Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Ellis Jenkins (Wales)

Touch judges:
Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Television match official:
David Grashoff (England)

Notes:

First testEdit

9 June 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   42–39   England
Try: De Klerk 19' m
Nkosi (2) 29' c, 33' c
Le Roux 38' c
Dyantyi 64' c
Con: Pollard (4/5) 30', 34', 39', 65'
Pen: Pollard (3/5) 10', 51', 75'
Report Try: Brown 3' c
Daly 12' c
Farrell 16' c
Itoje 69' m
May 77' c
Con: Farrell (4/5) 4', 14', 17', 77'
Pen: Daly (1/1) 1'
Farrell (1/1) 40'
FB 15 Willie le Roux   63'
RW 14 S'busiso Nkosi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am
IC 12 Damian de Allende   73'
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   72'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Jean-Luc du Preez   49'
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   70'
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 RG Snyman
TP 3 Wilco Louw   47'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   57'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Akker van der Merwe   57'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   47'
PR 18 Thomas du Toit   47'
LK 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit   49'
FL 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe   70'
SH 21 Ivan van Zyl   72'
FH 22 Elton Jantjies   73'
WG 23 Warrick Gelant   63'
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Henry Slade
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Mike Brown   75'
FH 10 George Ford   75'
SH 9 Ben Youngs   75'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 Tom Curry   65'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 Nick Isiekwe   35'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   57'
HK 2 Jamie George   63'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   62' to 72'   75'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   63'
PR 17 Joe Marler   75'
PR 18 Harry Williams   57'
FL 19 Brad Shields   35'
N8 20 Nathan Hughes   65'
SH 21 Ben Spencer   75'
FH 22 Piers Francis   75'
WG 23 Denny Solomona   75'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

Second testEdit

16 June 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   23–12   England
Try: Vermeulen 23' c
Penalty try 49'
Con: Pollard (1/1) 24'
Pen: Pollard (3/4) 28', 38', 66'
Report Try: Brown 9' c
May 12' m
Con: Farrell (1/2) 10'
FB 15 Willie le Roux
RW 14 S'busiso Nkosi
OC 13 Lukhanyo Am   59'
IC 12 Damian de Allende
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Handré Pollard
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   74'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   65'
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 RG Snyman   55'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   44'
HK 2 Bongi Mbonambi   50'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   44'
Replacements:
HK 16 Akker van der Merwe   50'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   44'
PR 18 Thomas du Toit   44'
FL 19 Jean-Luc du Preez   55'
FL 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe   65'
SH 21 Ivan van Zyl   74'
CE 22 Jesse Kriel   59'
WG 23 Warrick Gelant
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Henry Slade
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Mike Brown   66'
FH 10 George Ford   66'
SH 9 Ben Youngs   72'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola   40'
OF 7 Tom Curry
BF 6 Brad Shields   66'
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   50'
HK 2 Jamie George   61'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   61'
PR 17 Joe Marler   57'
PR 18 Harry Williams   50'
FL 19 Mark Wilson   66'
N8 20 Nathan Hughes   68' to 78'   40'
SH 21 Ben Spencer   72'
FH 22 Danny Cipriani   66'
WG 23 Denny Solomona   66'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

Touch judges:
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

Third testEdit

23 June 2018
17:05 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   10–25   England
Try: Kriel 45' c
Con: Jantjies (1/1) 46'
Pen: Jantjies (1/2) 40'
Try: May 71' c
Con: Farrell (1/1) 72'
Pen: Farrell (6/6) 9', 36', 43', 49', 57', 75'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 33,827
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Warrick Gelant
RW 14 S'busiso Nkosi   49'
OC 13 Jesse Kriel
IC 12 André Esterhuizen
LW 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi
FH 10 Elton Jantjies   57'
SH 9 Faf de Klerk   75'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen
OF 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
BF 6 Siya Kolisi (c)   65'
RL 5 Franco Mostert
LL 4 RG Snyman   57'
TP 3 Frans Malherbe   43'
HK 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle   43'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   43'
Replacements:
HK 16 Schalk Brits   43'
PR 17 Steven Kitshoff   43'
PR 18 Thomas du Toit   43'
FL 19 Jean-Luc du Preez   57'
FL 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe   65'
SH 21 Embrose Papier   75'
CE 22 Handré Pollard   57'
FB 23 Willie le Roux   49'
Coach:
  Rassie Erasmus
FB 15 Elliot Daly
RW 14 Jonny May
OC 13 Henry Slade   77'
IC 12 Owen Farrell (c)
LW 11 Mike Brown
FH 10 Danny Cipriani
SH 9 Ben Youngs
N8 8 Nathan Hughes   52'
OF 7 Tom Curry
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 Maro Itoje
LL 4 Joe Launchbury
TP 3 Kyle Sinckler   47'
HK 2 Jamie George
LP 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
PR 17 Alec Hepburn
PR 18 Harry Williams   47'
LK 19 Jonny Hill
FL 20 Mark Wilson   52'
FL 21 Sam Simmonds
SH 22 Ben Spencer
WG 23 Denny Solomona   77'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Jonny May (England)

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Notes:

  • This was England's first victory over South Africa in South Africa since they won 27–22 in 2000.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IRB approve new 10-year playing schedule". Rugby Week. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ England squad for South Africa finalised
  3. ^ Singleton added to England squad
  4. ^ "Erasmus names Springbok squad for June Tests" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ "WALES TO FACE SPRINGBOKS IN US CAPITAL". 26 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

External linksEdit