Thursday, 13 December, 2018

England flanker Curry out of November tests with ankle injury

Tom Curry walks off with an ankle injury against South Africa Tom Curry was forced off with an ankle injury against South Africa Credit Getty images
Cassandra Castillo | 08 November, 2018, 02:18

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.

He had been in line for a first global appearance in two years against South Africa last weekend but was forced to withdraw before England's 12-11 victory.

Underhill - nicknamed the "white orc" by Dylan Hartley, the England co-captain, because of his apparent resemblance to a Lord of The Rings character - will be expected to help lead the resistance to the All Blacks.

England have otherwise been given a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday's visit of New Zealand - the first time the rivals have met in four years.

Leicester team-mate Ben Youngs, the England scrum-half, is eager for more of the same this weekend.

Ben Youngs has welcomed the return of England's game-breaker Manu Tuilagi and is itching to see him let loose on the All Blacks this weekend.

'We know what a world-class operator Manu is. 'Seeing him in your team settles the boys down knowing he is there.

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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.

"So having guys like him and other guys is vital because you need guys that are going to be game changers or game-breakers and he's certainly one of those guys, so he's going to be important if he's involved".

"Our belief is very good", he said. I'm really pleased he's able to get back out there. We're looking forward to being at Twickenham and we're in a good place.

"I think it's important to recognise that there's a reason they've been so dominant for years".

"They're highly successful, you can't hide away from that but it's important you really focus on what we can do".

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

Youngs says England are confident they have the ability to produce another memorable victory.

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