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Launchbury undergoes late fitness test for England

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa. Credit: PA

Joe Launchbury underwent a fitness check while his England team-mates trained for Saturday's first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

The Wasps lock is expected to start the series opener at Ellis Park but his inability to practise with the remainder of the squad raises doubts over his availability.

Sam Simmonds, the Exeter number eight, also missed the session completed at Kings Park due to an unspecified injury.