12 Jun 2012

Replacement for England on tour of South Africa

8:11 am on 12 June 2012

The England fullback Mike Brown has been ruled out of the three-test series against South Africa with a fractured thumb and will be replaced by Bath's Nick Abendanon.

Abendanon has already joined the squad ahead of the second test against the Springboks in Johannesburg this weekend, where he attended the weekend wedding of Bath team mate Pieter Dixon.

He was born in Johannesburg and made his test debut in Pretoria against the Springboks in 2007.

England's backline will have to be further shuffled for the second test after centre Brad Barritt, another South African-born player, underwent a minor operation at the weekend for a lacerated eyeball.

South Africa staged a second-half rally to beat England 22-17 in the first test in Durban on Sunday.