Joe Launchbury set to return as England fight to keep South Africa series alive

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• Lock has recovered from injury that ruled him out of first Test
• Brad Shields may replace Chris Robshaw in reshuffled pack

England’s efforts to mount a series comeback against South Africa have been boosted by the return of a fit-again Joe Launchbury. The Wasps lock has recovered from a sore calf and is set to feature in a reshuffled pack for Saturday’s second Test in Bloemfontein.

Launchbury will be a valuable addition for a game England have to win to avoid going 2-0 down with one to play. The hard-working forward was conspicuous by his absence in Johannesburg, with Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe being hauled off after only 36 minutes of his side’s 42-39 defeat at Ellis Park, but is now available to partner Maro Itoje in the second row.

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Written by Robert Kitson in Durban
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/13/joe-launchbury-returns-england-fight-keep-series-alive under the title “Joe Launchbury set to return as England fight to keep South Africa series alive”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.