Search

England scrum-half Ben Youngs’ South Africa tour cut short by shoulder injury

11:35 18 June 2012

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

The 22-year-old, from Norwich, impressed by scoring two tries in the second Test loss to the Springboks on Saturday but head coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed he can play no further part in the series.

Youngs, who grew up playing for North Walsham and Holt, was taken off after 74 minutes of the 36-27 loss in Johannesburg but there was no indication after the game that he had suffered an injury.

His withdrawal could offer the chance for Lee Dickson or Danny Care to start next week’s third Test in Port Elizabeth while he will be replaced in the squad by Harlequins’ Karl Dickson.

Lancaster said: “He has picked up a shoulder injury.

“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.”

Karl Dickson, 29, is flying overnight and will link up with the squad in time to come into consideration for Tuesday’s tour match against the Northern Barbarians in Potchefstroom.

Speaking after the final whistle, Youngs admitted England’s poor start had ‘killed’ them as they slipped to series defeat in Johannesburg.

Willem Alberts, Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Hougaard claimed early tries for the Springboks as England were overrun at Coca-Cola Park.

Youngs crossed twice as England put themselves in sight of an unlikely victory after trailing 28-10, but JP Pietersen ended the comeback.

The former Greshams pupil said: “The first 20 mins killed us unfortunately and we were always playing catch-up. Great spirit by the boys but at the end it didn’t count for much.

“Now we’ve lost the series but we’ve got one more big effort next week. It was a great effort and great heart from the boys but we can’t give them the first 20 minutes like that and be playing catch-up in a game like this.”

Lancaster was unable to comment on the exact nature of Youngs’ injury and whether or not he faces a lengthy lay-off.

Youngs’ performance and opportunistic tries were key factors in England’s revival at Coca-Cola Park after they had fallen behind 28-10 early in the second half.

Lancaster said: “The imaging has only just got back and only just gone to the specialist in London.

“I don’t know – the specialist has not seen the imaging yet.

0 comments

Other Diss sport

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The NRF1 Podcast has complied some of its best bits of the 2016 season – just in time to while away the gap until the 2017 action gets under way.

Monday, January 2, 2017

England manager Gareth Southgate was on hand to offer some advice to Norfolk youngster Harry Whayman as he made a successful start to his English Colleges career.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The NRF1 Podcast signs off for the 2016 season with its review of this year’s Formula One action.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dereham’s poor run continued as Aveley eased to victory at Mill Road.

Most Read

Tue, 15:57

Martin Olsson says new Swansea City manager Paul Clement was a key motivation for his switch from Norwich City.

Read more
Premier League
Wed, 22:58

Alex Neil revealed he expects to offload one more of his Norwich City players before bringing in reinforcements, after watching the Canaries’ painful 1-0 FA Cup third round exit on Wednesday night at Southampton.

Read more
Ryan Bennett
Wed, 21:39

Shane Long’s stoppage time winner turfed Norwich City out of the FA Cup in Wednesday’s third round replay at Southampton.

Read more
Premier League
Wed, 11:04

Norwich City have made a £1.5m bid for Barnsley centre half Angus MacDonald.

Read more
Martin Olsson
Wed, 09:30

Norwich City have been linked with a move for Bradford City’s Australian defender James Meredith.

Read more
Martin Olsson

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -0°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up