Lancaster backs Youngs' replacements
England head coach Stuart Lancaster is confident they can cope with the loss of Ben Youngs in the final Test with South Africa.
The 22-year-old scrum-half has been ruled out of the remainder of England's southern hemisphere tour after picking up a shoulder injury in Saturday's 36-27 second Test defeat to the Springboks. He put in an inspired performance against the two-time World Cup winners, scoring two tries as England fought back to narrowly miss out on victory. There was no indication during the match that he had suffered an injury and it was not until after the contest had ended that it became apparent. Lancaster felt he had a superb game and revealed how upset Youngs was after learning that his tour was over. "He didn't present his injury until the end of the game. When we got back, he was struggling to move it," he said. "From our point of view, he was excellent for us in the second Test. He really played well and he is devastated." Youngs' misfortune means that either Lee Dickson or Danny Care will come into the side for the final Test in Port Elizabeth next Saturday, with Dickson's brother, Karl, replacing Youngs in the squad. Care was dropped for the Six Nations by Lancaster after a series of off-field incidents but put in a decent shift against a Southern Barbarians side in Kimberley last week. It is not known which player will start at number nine but Lancaster is adamant that both players will be able to do the job, adding: "It won't be any disruption. Both Danny and Lee know the game plans."