England coach Jones axes Robshaw for first time

Former England captain Chris Robshaw is expected to be out of action for around eight weeks

Former captain Chris Robshaw was axed for the first time by Eddie Jones as the England coach made two changes for a must-win second Test against South Africa Saturday.

Blindside flanker Robshaw loses his place to New Zealand-born Brad Shields, who made his debut off the bench in a 42-39 first Test loss in Johannesburg last weekend.

England must win in Bloemfontein to stand a chance of taking a series in South Africa for the first time after five failed attempts.

The final match of the three-Test series in scheduled for Cape Town on June 23.

In the only other change to the starting line-up, fit-gain lock Joe Launchbury returns in place of Nick Isiekwe.

There are also two alterations to the bench with loose forward Mark Wilson and fly-half Danny Cipriani replacing Shields and Piers Francis.

Robshaw, who led England 43 times in 65 selections, pays the price for a poor English showing in the breakdown battle last weekend.

The 32-year-old missed seven tackles and made only seven as England surrendered an early 21-point lead to lose a thriller.

Shields played last season for Super Rugby outfit Wellington Hurricanes and will join English Premiership outfit Wasps for the 2018/2019 season.

"Based on South Africa's likely selection of an extra lineout jumper, we have decided to start with Brad Shields, which improves our lineout," explained Australia-born Jones.

"It is tough on Chris Robshaw as he has been an outstanding player for us, but I know he will bounce back.

"Danny Cipriani will come onto the bench, as we are looking for something a little bit different to finish the game, which he can bring.

"He has been training well and doing everything that has been asked of him."

Australia-born Jones continued: "We have come here to win the series against South Africa and the squad is ready to go out and beat them this weekend.

"We have had a very good preparation this week and the intensity and executions in those sessions are going to put us in a good position for Saturday.

"The way the team have come together has been superb. Owen Farrell, with a number of the senior players, has really moulded the squad together.

"They are working hard to improve their game to make sure we win.?

Team (15-1)

Elliot Daly; Jonny May, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (capt), Mike Brown; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Tom Curry, Brad Shields; Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson, Nathan Hughes, Ben Spencer, Danny Cipriani, Denny Solomona

Coach: Eddie Jones (AUS)

Flanker Chris Robshaw has been dropped for England's second test against South Africa.