England will face a depleted South African side in their upcoming autumn internationals as the Premiership clubs have decided not to release their players for the game that falls outside the international window.
According to World Rugby regulations, the clubs need not release their players for the Test matches that are played outside the prescribed window and the game on 3rd November at Twickenham falls outside of it.
This means the Boks will be without full-back Willie le Roux and scrum-half Faf de Klerk as they will be playing for Wasps and Sale Sharks respectively.
Also joining the list will be Bath's Francois Louw, Gloucester's Franco Mostert and Saracens' Vincent Koch which means Rassie Erasmus will be without five of his players, who were part of the historic 30-32 victory over New Zealand in Wellington in the recently concluded Rugby Championship tournament.
The last time Springboks and England met was in a three-game series in South Africa which the hosts went on to win 2-1.