Friday , August 6 2021

Tuilagi are returning to settling England, says Youngs

Duncan Bech

The upcoming return of England man Tuilagi to face New Zealand in Twickenham had a soothing effect on the lost Eddie Jones, according to Ben Youngs.

Tuilagi had to make his first international appearance in two years in the 12-11 South African victory that opened Quilter Internationals, only to withdraw from the bench due to a small hurdle.

However, Leicester's center, whose career is devastated by a series of injuries, knee and chest injuries, has been fully trained this week and is involved in a team of 25 people to continue preparing for the title race of autumn.

Four years ago he scattered All Blacks with a damped screen in the famous 38-21 win at Twickenham and Young, his colleague Tigers, who wanted him to re-label.

"I was lost when he was pulled out, but he was a small bait. If this happened on Monday, it would probably be good, but with someone like him, it's not worth the risk," Youngs said.

"It's great to see him run in training. I'm really glad he can go back there. He looks good.

We know what the world-famous operator Manu is. He found the boys to know he was there.

Tom Curry is excluded from the rest of the fall of the ankle injury suffered by the South African Republic, so his place among 25 All Blacks goes to Sam Underhill.

Jones calls his team tomorrow. England had otherwise received a clean medical record before the sabbatical visit to New Zealand – the first time opponents met in four years.

Courtney Lawes is available after overcoming the back problem that has forced him to miss the same game so that he takes over Elliot Stooke among the 25 who will remain in the Surrey training base.

Some England players may doubt how well-known opponent Kiki is, but Young are too aware of the damage that world champions can cause.

Chris Ashton revealed that he was clear when he talked to All Black Malakai Fekito during his season in Toulon that "he did not know what the Premiership was. He had no idea." England is well acquainted with what it can expect.

"One thing about all blacks is that you'll have to hit the test. We know that," Youngs said.

"I do not like the word" contains "because it implies we will go out and see what we have."

Meanwhile, Brad Shields came "very close" to New Zealand's selection before accusing him of representing England, All Blacks Assistant Coach Ian Foster said.

Shields will face the country of his birth in England, and this weekend, Shields was born in Masterton's English parents and played for hurricanes before moving to Wasps.

Foster stated that the 27-year-old knew how close he was to all the Blacks prizes when he went to the northern hemisphere. "I guess the obvious answer, which is actually the only answer, is that the selectors did not choose it," said Foster.

"It's like all – when you choose a team, there are a lot of good players who do not.

He knew he was knocking on the door.

"I will not give you reasons why we did not choose it, but what we know is that he's a good person, he's a great job from Fields in Hurricanes, and he was really talking to us."

Fly-half Beauden Barrett continues to set new standards in the game, but has sometimes struggled to score. Foster has set strong defense against Barrett's versatile ability, though insisting that the 27-year-old can still help New Zealand become the best in the world.

"I do not see too many articles claiming that Beauden has out of 11 in the last three tests," Foster said. "If you go to two places on the post, it's like a national accident, but we're happy.

"We want to be the best goalkeepers in the world, so we work on it.

"And if you look at our total numbers, in fact we are mostly good."

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