England to face under-strength South Africa at Twickenham


Full-back Willie le Roux will miss South Africa’s match with England on 3 November at Twickenham

England will face an under-strength South Africa next month after Premiership Rugby reiterated its policy not to release English-based Springboks for the match.

It means the Boks will be without stars including Sale scrum-half Faf de Klerk and Wasps full-back Willie le Roux.

The match on 3 November at Twickenham takes place outside World Rugby’s international window.

World Rugby rules say clubs do not have to release players outside the window.

A spokesman for Premiership Rugby – the umbrella body for the top English clubs – told the BBC its policy “is only to release players under World Rugby Regulation 9