England vs South Africa live: Latest news and updates from Twickenham as England take on the Springboks

Follow all the action at Twickenham where England are looking to record their first win in the autumn internationals

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's autumn international between England and South Africa, brought to you from Twickenham Stadium.

Both teams head into the showdown at Twickenham off the back of disappointing defeats last weekend, and it’s almost a case of make-or-break for England and South Africa in terms of their autumn international program.

Stuart Lancaster has decided against wholesale changes for their second of four matches, with Semesa Rokoduguni ruled out through a hip injury after making his debut for England last weekend. In his place comes his Bath team-mate Anthony Watson, who will be making his first start in the red rose having come off the bench for his debut against the Kiwis as well.


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England and South Africa have met 36 times between 1906 and 2012. England have won 12, lost 22 and drawn two.

England's record victory in the fixture is a 53-3 (+50) win at Twickenham in 2002. Their record defeat is a 58-10 (-48) loss in Bloemfontein in 2007.

England have not beaten South Africa in 11 matches dating back to 2006, with their best performance a 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth two years ago.

England's starting XV have 374 caps compared to South Africa's 778.

England's record against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia under head coach Stuart Lancaster is played 12, lost nine, won two, drawn one.

England have lost their last four matches - all to New Zealand. The last time they lost five in a row was in 2006. That year they lost seven in a row.

Hooker Dylan Hartley is England's most capped player with 58, followed by scrum-half Danny Care, who will be making his 50th Test appearance.

Second row Victor Matfield will extend his record as the most capped South African in history to 118 Tests and is oldest Springbok ever at 37 years old.