England suffer Youngs injury blow
June 17, 2012
England scrum-half Ben Youngs is set to return home from South Africa © PA Photos
England scrum-half Ben Youngs has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of South Africa with a shoulder injury.
The Leicester No.9 returned to top form with an eye-catching display in England's 36-27 defeat to South Africa in their second Test showdown in Johannesburg on Saturday but will now return home with Quins' Karl Dickson called up as a replacement.
Northampton's Lee Dickson, Karl's brother, replaced Youngs late in the Ellis Park clash but an injury wasn't apparent at the time. Dickson is now in line for a promotion to the starting line-up for next weekend's third and final Test in Port Elizabeth with Danny Care likely to deputise on the bench.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "He didn't present his injury until the end of the game. When we got back, he was struggling to move it. From our point of view, he was excellent for us in the second Test. He really played well and he is devastated."
Care impressed in an England XV's victory over SA Barbarians (South) in Kimberley last week and is likely to feature in the second meeting with the select side on Tuesday. Karl Dickson is due to fly Johannesburg overnight and will immediately be in consideration for the game in Potchefstroom.
Lancaster added: "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. It won't be any disruption. Both Danny and Lee know the game plans."
England's latest squad addition follows Gloucester's Jonny May to South Africa after he was called up to replace injured Harlequins wing George Lowe in the squad. Bath's Nick Abendanon last week arrived after injury to Quins fullback Mike Brown while London Irish flanker Jamie Gibson replaced London Wasps' Joe Launchbury before the first Test.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The rolling maul is becoming an increasingly potent attacking weapon. Conor O'Shea looks at the difficulties of stopping it
The news of James Horwill, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Dan Carter's respective transfers will open the floodgates, writes Tom Hamilton
Kiwi coaches can be found far and wide across the globe, and Murray Mexted believes the All Blacks benefit every bit as much as their rivals
Clermont, Toulon, player burnout, Sam Burgess and a farewell to Adams Park - Monday Maul looks back at the weekend's action