Eddie Jones has ignored the advices of the likes of Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson and gone ahead with the inclusion of Brad Shields in his 34-man squad to tour South Africa in June.
Jones has included seven uncapped players in his squad for the three-Test series in June.
Jones has selected seven new players for the tour including Ben Earl (Saracens), Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Robson (Wasps), Brad Shields (Hurricanes/Wasps), Ben Spencer (Saracens), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks) and Jack Willis (Wasps).
In the absence of Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) due to concussion, Owen Farrell (Saracens) will be captain for the tour.
Danny Cipriani (Wasps) makes a return to the England setup having last played for his country in 2015.
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) is recalled after recovering from injury having last played for England in the 2017 Six Nations.
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), a year after last featuring for England in the two Test series in Argentina, is also included.
Danny Care (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (Wasps) and Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) have been rested for the tour.
“Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016,” said Jones.
“We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before.
“There are a number of players out injured or not selected so it provides a big opportunity for others.
“With three weeks to prepare for the first Test in Johannesburg I am expecting players to come into camp with the right mind-set and we will be looking for them to break the mould in terms of being more assertive and on the front foot in everything we do.
“We will need to be physically aggressive and tactically smart against the Springboks who we know will be combative and reinvigorated by their new coaching setup.”
Scott Wisemantel will join Jones’ coaching staff for the tour to South Africa as an attack consultant. The 48-year-old Australian was recently backs coach for Top 14 club Montpellier working with Jake White.
England squad for South Africa Tour
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Saracens) *, Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks) *, Dan Robson (Wasps) *, Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Spencer (Saracens) *, Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Ben Earl (Saracens) *, Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs) *, Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens) , Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Brad Shields (Hurricanes/ Wasps) *, Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Willis (Wasps) *, Mark Wilson (Newcastle), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)