England seek Cipriani tonic to end winless run

England's Danny Cipriani

He has accumulated 15 caps with last Saturday's appearance his first for three years and his return to favour comes following a superb season at Wasps.

Cipriani, 30, was a second-half replacement in Bloemfontein and George Ford, whose game management has been questionable after the tourists made flying starts against the South Africans, will make way if Jones opts for a new playmaker.

"If the guys can stick at it - they've work hard on this tour - and keep their intent right, then we'll get the result we want on Saturday", Jones said.

Danny Cipriani is in strong contention for his first England start in a decade as head coach Eddie Jones considers naming him at fly-half for Saturday's third Test against South Africa.

"My plan was always to come back and play for England".

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says they are wary of the x-factor that Cipriani brings, but adds it will be a good test for his inexperienced side.

"So our backline will be tested, although it depends if the weather allows (Cipriani) to play that way". "I'm really impressed with the effort of the squad", Jones said.

"We wanted to make some more changes, but you can't make 11 changes in a test match squad, it's a bit far-fetched".

Jones expects a tough battle up front and has been forced to make three changes in the pack.

Despite two deflating penalty-ridden defeats, Jones has done his best to project a buoyant atmosphere this week, insisting he is "loving" the pressure of the job and has "never seen such an upbeat group" of players.

Marler and Hughes are present after Mako and Billy Vunipola returned home for their respective family and injury reasons.

"I just feel this game is going to revolve a lot around kicking and with Danny at 10 it gives us a left foot kicking option". Reserves: Schalk Brits, Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit, Jean-Luc du Preez, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, Willie le Roux.

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