The pair were both included as head coach Stuart Lancaster named a team containing
six personnel changes for the clash at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela
Scrum-half Care was dropped earlier this year following a series of off-field incidents,
while flanker Haskell has not played since the World Cup last autumn after
opting to play domestic rugby in Japan and New Zealand.
Prop Alex Corbisiero and lock Tom Palmer also return, while No8 Thomas Waldrom
and full-back Alex Goode come in for their first full caps.
Care has been preferred to Lee Dickson, who is on the bench, after injury to Ben
Youngs necessitated a change at scrum-half.
The 25-year-old Harlequins half-back impressed on his one previous outing on the
tour against the Southern Barbarians in Kimberley last week.
Haskell’s opportunity has arisen after influential captain Chris Robshaw was forced
out of the match with a broken thumb. He will take the openside role with Palmer
coming in for Mouritz Botha.
Waldrom replaces Ben Morgan at the back of the scrum while Corbisiero, now
fully recovered from a biceps operation and aknee injury, takes over from
Joe Marler at loosehead.
Goode’s elevation to the team sees Ben Foden switch back to the wing from full-back
with David Strettle dropping out.
Lancaster said: “I am really pleased for Alex. He has worked hard in training and
has been pushing Mike Brown and Ben Foden close so we are looking forward to him
bringing his footballing skills to this Test.
“Danny Care, likewise, has bided his time in a very competitive position, knuckled
down and deserves his chance, as has James Haskell, who has played this season
for the Highlanders at No7.
“We felt that the pack got some momentum in the second half last week so we have
gone for Alex and Tom but I am sure Joe Marler and Mo Botha can make an impact
from the bench.”
England team to play South Africa in third Test at Nelson Mandela Bay
Stadium, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday, June 23.
A Goode (Saracens),C Ashton (Northampton), J Joseph (London Irish), M Tuilagi, (Leicester),
B Foden (Northampton); T Flood (Leicester), D Care (Harlequins); A Corbisiero
(London Irish), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), T Palmer
(Stade Francais), G Parling (Leicester), T Johnson (Exeter), J Haskell (Otago
Highlanders), T Waldrom (Leicester).
Replacements: L Mears (Bath), J Marler (Harlequins), M Botha
(Saracens), P Dowson (Northampton), L Dickson (Northampton), O Farrell
(Saracens), B Barritt (Saracens)