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Ex-Leinster player Te'o in line to make England debut against South Africa

The Worcester Warriors player is named on the bench.

Ben Te'o Ben Te'o in action for Leinster against Munster last April. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

FORMER LEINSTER CENTRE Ben Te’o is in line to make his debut for England in Saturday’s Test match against South Africa in Twickenham.

Te’o was one of seven uncapped players named in England’s training squad in September by head coach Eddie Jones.

And now he has been named on the bench for next Saturday’s game with the Springboks, as England begin a run of four Tests.

At the end of last season the New Zealander Te’o had made the switch to Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership after spending two years at Leinster, where he amassed 40 appearances for the province.

His last appearance for Leinster came during the PRO12 final defeat to Connacht in Edinburgh last May.

Ben Te'o and Robbie Henshaw Leinster's Ben Te'o challenges for a high ball with Connacht's Robbie Henshaw Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Jones has handed a first international start to 24 year-old centre Elliot Daly while flanker Tom Wood will make his first appearance for England in more than a year.

Te’o is joined on the bench by fellow newcomers Kyle Sinckler and Nathan Hughes.


15. Mike Brown
14. Marland Yarde
13. Elliot Daly
12. Owen Farrell
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

1. Mako Vunipola
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Dan Cole
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Chris Robshaw
7. Tom Wood
8. Billy Vunipola


16. Jamie George
17. Joe Marler
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. Dave Attwood
20. Nathan Hughes
21. Danny Care
22. Ben Te’o
23. Jonathan Joseph

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