Joubert eyes England jersey

Ernst Joubert will become eligible for England in June and has expressed his desire to play for his adopted country.

The former Lions captain has been playing for Saracens since 2009. At the end of June, he will become eligible for England on residency grounds and will thus be available for selection in the November internationals.

‘It’s out of my hands totally but I would very much like to be considered by England, which is my home now,’ Joubert said. ‘I love it here, I have played my best rugby here and my part of the equation is to be fit and to be playing well enough to maybe be considered.’

Two of Joubert’s South African-born team-mates at Saracens, Brad Barritt and Mouritz Botha, represented England in the recent Six Nations.