Boks bank on Butch

Jake White has given Andre Pretorius the bullet after just one test up north.

This was supposed to be Pretorius’s defining tour, but after one sub-standard performance against Ireland he has been shown the revolving door and will warm the bench at Twickenham.

Butch James, once the saviour, then the sinner, is again the saviour of all Bok backline woes.

James was on Wednesday named in the Bok team to play England, with White radically changing the make-up of the backline and the pack.

Francois Steyn reverts to fullback, Akona Ndungane is back on the wing, along with Bryan Habana and Wynand Olivier is back at centre. There is still no place for Ruan Pienaar.

In the pack, White has resisted starting with Hilton Lobberts, despite telling the media he was the next Jerry Collins. Once again White has entrusted Jacques Cronje with a starting role, while Pierre Spies’s northern hemisphere No 8 experiment lasted just one match.

Spies plays flank, as does Danie Rossouw.

Albert van den Berg is given the axe, as is Lawrence Sephaka.

In all there are 11 changes – five positional – to the side hammered in Dublin.

Boks to play England: Steyn, Ndungane, Olivier, De Villiers, Habana, James, Januarie, Cronje, Spies, Rossouw, Muller, Ackermann, Botha, Smit and Van der Linde. Subs: Ralepelle, Carstens, Van den Berg, Lobberts, Pienaar, Pretorius and Fortuin.