Youngs blow for Lancaster’s England

South Africa's JP Pietersen, left, scores a try as England's Ben Youngs, right, tries to to defend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa's JP Pietersen, left, scores a try as England's Ben Youngs, right, tries to to defend. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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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 also confirmed that Karl Dickson of Harlequins will join the squad as a replacement.

The news is a huge blow for Youngs, who impressed by scoring two tries in yesterday’s 36-27 second Test defeat in Johannesburg.

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He was withdrawn six minutes from time and replaced by Lee Dickson - Karl’s brother - but England gave no indication that he had damaged his right shoulder after the game.

Lee 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 Danny Care to resurrect his international career.

Care was dropped for the RBS 6 Nations by head coach Stuart 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.