Former NRL player Ben Te'o has been named to play for the England rugby union side.
Former NRL player Ben Te'o has been named to play for the England rugby union side. PAUL MILLER

Te'o earns England call-up and could face Wallabies

RUGBY UNION: Ben Te'o has added an England rugby union jumper to his growing collection after being named on the bench to face South Africa at Twickenham on Sunday (12.30am AEST).

The Worcester player was born in New Zealand, then headed to Australia where he played NRL for the Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Along the way the 29-year-old played seven Origin matches for Queensland. He also represented Samoa.

Te'o, who is playing at outside centre after an NRL career in the forwards, switched to rugby with Leinster in late 2014 after playing in South Sydney's NRL grand final win.

He joined Worcester this year.

He could face the Wallabies next month should he impress coach Eddie Jones in his new colours.

Injuries have forced Jones to make six changes to the starting side that toppled Australia 44-40 in Sydney in June, sealing a 3-0 whitewash of the series against the Wallabies.

"We've picked a match-day 23 with a blend of experience and youth,” Jones said.

"South African rugby has traditionally been about momentum - big ball carriers getting over the gain line - and nothing's changed.”

Wasps centre Elliot Daly is set to make his first England start after coming off the bench five times.

He edged out Bath midfielder Jonathan Joseph, who has been struggling with a minor groin injury and is now among the replacements.

Daly's inclusion alongside Owen Farrell gives England a midfield featuring both a left-footed and right-footed kicker.

This is the first time that Joseph has been dropped since becoming an England regular during the 2015 Six Nations.

Elsewhere in the backs, wing Jonny May returns after a lengthy lay-off.

Up front, flanker Tom Wood returns after nearly a year for the injured James Haskell.