Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manu Tuilagi England return settles down squad says Ben Youngs

Manu Tuilagi England return settles down squad says Ben Youngs

'I was gutted when he pulled out, but it was a tiny niggle.

"We won't risk him, he's either 100 per cent fit or he's not".

In an wonderful match Tuilagi's devastating running earned him a try and set up two more, but that day was to prove the high water mark of his and Lancaster's careers to date.

"What we've got to do is make sure we play like England, do everything we can to maximise our game, look at areas where New Zealand are weak and see if we can find a way to expose those weaknesses", he told BBC Sport. 'Seeing him in your team settles the boys down knowing he is there. I'm really pleased he's able to get back out there.

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of the autumn series by the ankle injury sustained against South Africa, so his place among the 25 in contention for the All Blacks goes to Sam Underhill.

Curry limped off after halftime in the 12-11 win on Saturday at Twickenham, and a scan revealed he will be sidelined for an unknown period, but long enough to miss the tests against New Zealand, Japan, and Australia.

Two years ago the world was desperate to see the two top-ranked teams meet but since England's slide into five successive defeats it is next week's Ireland versus New Zealand encounter that pits numbers one and two against each other.

Tuilagi was ruled out of Saturday's victory over South Africa due to a groin strain after initially being named among the replacements.

Some England players may doubt how well known they are to their Kiwi opponents, but Youngs is only too aware of the damage the world champions can cause.

"That is one thing we definitely don't want to do because we know what they're capable of".

Cape Town - England scrumhalf Ben Youngs believes if England are to beat the All Blacks they are going to need "game-changers" like Manu Tuilagi.

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