Eddie Jones raring to face 'benchmark' New Zealand side

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Damian Willemse- pace power and safe as houses under the high ball

Owen Farrell is available to lead England against world champions New Zealand next weekend after it was announced he would face no disciplinary action for a controversial tackle in the closing seconds of a tense 12-11 win over South Africa.

The hit was described as a "good solid tackle" by England coach Eddie Jones but appeared to divide opinion in the rugby world, and not just on nationality lines.

England were the victors‚ South Africa were left wondering how the hell they had lost a game they had nearly won in every respect.

"It's hard to keep your arms round when someone's running that hard but thankfully there was a bit of common sense", Farrell, sharing the leadership with hooker Dylan Hartley, told Sky Sports.

Meanwhile England coach Eddie Jones was in sarcastic mood when asked during his post-match press conference about the possibility of being without Farrell for the November 10 clash against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Injuries have taken their toll on Jones' squad too but that gave him a chance to take a look at several players who have excelled in the early weeks of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season - like Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson and Exeter Chiefs' Alec Hepburn.

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Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official global window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card. We had the Springboks on toast'.

"(The) Most important thing is what we do next", the Australian said.

"We know we are our own enemies", admitted the flanker. "It's not for me to adjudicate", he said.

The Springboks, driven on by a far more experienced pack, dominated the first half but only had a S'busiso Nkosi try and Handre Pollard penalty to show for it.

England, despite being a man down, were level when Farrell kicked a 45-metre penalty.

Pollard missed the conversion, and minutes later Farrell cut South Africa's lead to 8-6 with a well-struck penalty from wide on the left.

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