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

• Lock has recovered from injury that ruled him out of first Test
• Brad Shields could 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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Source: theguardian
Joe Launchbury set to return as England fight to keep series alive