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Rugby under fire and Manu Tuilagi milestone: Talking points ahead of England vs South Africa

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England complete their autumn schedule when South Africa visit Twickenham in Saturday’s rematch of the 2019 World Cup final.Here the PA news agency examines five talking points heading into the clash.For the second year in a row, Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is barred from Twickenham as he completes a matchday ban for criticising officials.

Eddie Jones has joked that Erasmus will enter the stadium via a laundry basket, the tactic once used to circumvent a suspension by Jose Mourinho when he was Chelsea boss, but the tone of England’s head coach became more serious when discussing the importance of showing respect to referees.

Erasmus’ conduct is a recurring problem for World Rugby, who will welcome support from prominent head coaches.“Failure on an epic scale” were the words used by MPs to describe rugby chiefs’ handling of the crises at Worcester and Wasps, who are both in administration.

A brutal Thursday saw the RFU’s Bill Sweeney and Simon Massie-Taylor of Premiership Rugby grilled by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, leaving Twickenham in need of fireworks for the climax to the autumn in the hope of lifting the gloom that has gathered over the game on these shores.Even if South Africa are toppled, it will have been a middling autumn.

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