Alex Goode will make his first start for England in the third and final Test against South Africa (-10 Match Handicap)in Port Elizabeth this afternoon. The Saracens player is at full-back in place of Ben Foden, who takes over on the left wing from David Strettle. New Zealand-born number eight Thomas Waldrom of Leicester also starts for England for the first time.
Having represented England (+10 Match Handicap) at Under-19 and Under-20 level, Goode came off the bench in the 57-26 win over the Barbarians back in May. His Test debut came as a late replacement in 36-27 defeat in the second Test. England coach Stuart Lancaster feels the time is right to give him his head from the start, with Ben Foden (14/1 First Try Scorer) switching to left wing, where he also started the first Test.
Other changes made by Lancaster are Danny Care (20/1 First Try scorer), James Haskell and Tom Palmer who are recalled but Alex Corbisiero has had to withdraw from the side. The London Irish prop was named in the original line-up on Thursday but has suffered a recurrence of a knee complaint. His misfortune means Joe Marler, who started the first two Tests, returns to the starting side with Paul Doran Jones coming onto the bench.
Lancaster said "Alex trained well early in the week having played well at the weekend [as a replacement] but the knee reacted over the last 24 hours. It is a shame for Alex as he was desperate to take part but it's the right thing to put in Joe and we are sure he can build on his performances in the first two Tests."
Haskell (7/1 First Scoring play England Try) who joined the tour late after a stint in the Super 15 competition with Otago Highlanders in New Zealand, wins his 43rd cap, taking over from injured captain Chris Robshaw at open-side flanker.
The England (7/2 to win the match) coach added "People had told me and given me the indication that he was an extrovert, but for me he has been brilliant. He has brought a lot of energy to the side and he has certainly brought a lot of experience. He is just enthusiastic and wants to do well, he wants to improve. We are looking for him to bring his physicality to our back row as a defender and a ball-carrier."