Injury rules out Youngs

Shoulder injury curtails scrum-half's availability

Last Updated: 17/06/12 11:07pm

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Ben Youngs: To miss the remainder of England's tour of South Africa

Ben Youngs: To miss the remainder of England's tour of South Africa

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England scrum-half Ben Youngs has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of South Africa with a shoulder injury.

The Rugby Football Union confirmed that Harlequins' Karl Dickson will join the squad as a replacement.

The news is a huge blow for Youngs, who scored two tries in Saturday's 36-27 second Test defeat in Johannesburg.

"He has picked up a shoulder injury," reported head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"He didn't present it until the end of the game obviously but it was only when we got back and he was struggling to move it - he is out of the tour.

"From our point of view he was excellent for us in the second Test, he really played well and he is devastated.

"But opportunities present themselves for other players - Lee Dickson and Danny Care - and we have got Lee's brother Karl winging in from Alicante.

"Karl was somewhere in Spain but we have managed to get him to Heathrow and he is on his way now."


The 22-year-old Leicester half-back's performance was one of the key factors in England's revival after they fell 28-10 behind early in the second half.

He was withdrawn six minutes from time and replaced by Dickson but England gave no indication that he had damaged his right shoulder after the game.

Dickson may now be in pole position to start next Saturday's third Test in Port Elizabeth but Youngs' withdrawal could also offer an opportunity for Care to resurrect his international career.

Care was dropped for the RBS 6 Nations by Lancaster earlier this year after a series of off-field incidents.

The 25-year-old impressed in an England XV's victory over a Southern Barbarians side in Kimberley last week and could now be ready for elevation to the senior side.

"It won't be any disruption," Lancaster said. "Both Danny and Lee know the game plans.

"I didn't need any get-out clause to make any selection decisions - it gives us an opportunity to look at Lee and Danny."

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