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England forced into late change for All Blacks

Ben Youngs has replaced Danny Care in the England starting line up

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Article Published: Friday 6 June 2014|

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England have been forced into a late change for their opening Test match against New Zealand's All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland due to injury.

Leicester Tigers scrum half Ben Youngs will start in place of Danny Care who has not recovered sufficiently from a shoulder injury while Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) comes on to the replacements' bench.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Danny is getting there but we won't take any risks and we need every player to be 100 per cent. "

"Ben Youngs is one of our most experienced players - he has played against the All Blacks three times and is raring to go. Lee has known all week that he could be featuring so we managed his preparation accordingly."

Youngs said,"It's a shame for Danny as I know he has worked hard to be fit for the game. But it's a great to be starting against New Zealand at Eden Park and I know with four scrum-halves in the squad there is a massive amount of competition for me to perform for the team and be at the top of my game."

England (revised)

15 Mike Brown , 14 Marland Yarde , 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi , 12 Kyle Eastmond , 11 Jonny May , 10 Freddie Burns , 9 Ben Youngs , 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw , 6 James Haskell , 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury , 3 David Wilson , 2 Rob Webber , 1 Joe Marler

Replacements : 16 Joe Gray , 17 Matt Mullan , 18 Henry Thomas , 19 Dave Attwood , 20 Tom Johnson , 21 Lee Dickson , 22 Danny Cipriani , 23 Chris Pennel

 
 
 
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