Danny Cipriani says he feels “privileged” as he prepares to make his first England start in 10 years after being named at fly-half for the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Cipriani, 30, replaces George Ford, who drops out of the 23-man squad.

“It’s been a great journey to get here and I’m excited for Saturday,” Cipriani told BBC Sport.

Flanker Brad Shields misses out on Saturday through illness, while Chris Robshaw returns.

Prop Joe Marler and number eight Nathan Hughes start in place of the unavailable Mako Vunipola and his injured brother Billy.

Cipriani made his first appearance in three years when coming off the bench in the second Test, but has not started for his country since playing against the Springboks in 2008.

“We are expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option,” said head coach Eddie Jones.

Jones, who admitted his team are “struggling a little bit” after six successive defeats, said Cipriani’s attitude on tour has been “first class”.

“We know he’s an individual, brilliant player, but his ability to play as part of a team – and he’s shown that on tour – has been exceptional,” Jones told BBC Sport.

“He doesn’t have to impress. What he’s got to do is do his job, to make sure he keeps the team on the front foot. He’s got to be the bus diver and the conductor.”


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