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Courtney Lawes, a people’s captain, says Joe Marler as backup captain shines against South Africa

‘Courtney is a captain of the people … his growth in the last 18 months as a player has been brilliant’ – England substitute captain Lawes hailed by prop Joe Marler after dramatic win over South Africa

  • Courtney Lawes led England to victory over South Africa at the weekend
  • Regular Captain Owen Farrell is still recovering from ankle surgery
  • The Northampton Lawes striker stood out again for England


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Courtney Lawes has received another resounding endorsement as England’s substitute captain after leading the team to a famous victory over South Africa.

The 32-year-old Northampton forward was once again outstanding as he proved he can be an inspiring leader, with regular captain Owen Farrell recovering from ankle surgery.

In preparation for the showdown with the Springboks, Tom Curry had spoken about how Lawes’ calm leadership was so effective, and after the world champions were defeated, Joe Marler added his own tribute. “Courtney is the captain of the people,” said the mainstay of the Harlequins.

Courtney Lawes has received another resounding endorsement as England's alternate captain.

Courtney Lawes has received another resounding endorsement as England’s alternate captain.

“He plays for the boys, talks about his love for the group and will always put his body on the line. When he speaks, everyone listens. He’s a good guy and I really enjoyed playing with him this season.

“His growth in the last year to 18 months as a player has been brilliant. He’s been on a lot, he’s added that little footwork, the tips (passing) in offense, and he still does what he does on defense. He’s older than me and he’s still pushing hard. ‘

Manu Tuilagi is due to undergo a scan on Monday after limping off Saturday with a hamstring strain.

Joe Marler paid tribute to Lawes, saying that his teammate is a 'captain of the people'

Joe Marler paid tribute to Lawes, saying that his teammate is a 'captain of the people'

Joe Marler paid tribute to Lawes, saying that his teammate is a ‘captain of the people’

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