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South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth, June 23
Marler comes in for Corbisiero
ESPN Staff
June 22, 2012
Joe Marler prepares to take the hit in training, Durban, South Africa, June 7, 2012
Joe Marler will start at loose-head for England © Getty Images
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England have been forced into a late change ahead of the third Test with South Africa with Joe Marler coming into the front-row in place of Alex Corbisiero.

Corbisiero was struggling with a bicep injury at the end of last season but it is a knee injury that has ruled out the London Irish prop.

"Alex trained well early in the week having played well at the weekend but the knee reacted over the last 24 hours," Lancaster said. "It is a shame for Alex as he was desperate to take part but it's the right thing to put in Joe and we are sure he can build on his performances in the first two Tests."

Marler started the first two Tests for England and performed well against the formidable Springboks front-row. Corbisiero made a huge impact from the bench in the second Test and showed signs of playing at the high level he achieved during the 2012 Six Nations. But with the knee injury flaring up, Marler starts and Paul Doran-Jones takes his spot on the bench.

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