England lose Youngs and take Care for Argentina

England have suffered a small blow ahead of their Autumn International test against Argentina at Twickenham with the loss of Ben Youngs but will still be confident of a victory.

Danny Care has replaced on the England replacements’ bench by Harlequins scrum-half and 41 Test cap Danny Care.

Ben Youngs came off the bench last weekend against Australia but is unable to run at full pace so has been rested this week but will be in line to play against the All Blacks next weekend.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said, “Ben is still suffering some discomfort in his hip area and is unable to run at full pace. He is making good progress and should be fit for consideration next week. “

“We are fortunate that we can call on Danny who has been playing well for Harlequins and training hard with us.”

Argentina lost all six of their matches in the recent Rugby Championship and have just replaced their coach and will be without their captain and star back.

Even though England are ranked in third place and Argentina in 10th place England captain Chris Robshaw is not expecting an easy victory.

“As soon as you take a team like Argentina lightly, you’re in a world of trouble,” Robshaw said.

Robshaw’s note of caution belies the increasing sense of assuredness and confidence that has spread through England’s ranks in Lancaster’s near two years in charge.

Stretching back to the victory over New Zealand in December 2012, England have won eight of their last nine internationals – a run that takes in back-to-back successes in a short tour of Argentina last summer, earned without its British and Irish Lions contingent.

England have also won won their last five home games.

Victories over southern hemisphere opposition used to be rare and extremely hard-earned. Yet, last Saturday, the English often labored against Australia in their first international of the season but still ran out 20-13 winners.

“We’ve started this series fantastically and we need to kick on,” Robshaw said.

“We got some huge momentum, beating Australia for the first time myself. We know now what it takes to beat one of the southern hemisphere sides.”

Argentina isn’t so buoyant. Reeling from a chastening Rugby Championship where they shipped an average of more than 37 points a game, the Pumas have replaced coach Santiago Phelan with Daniel Hourcade, seen iconic center Felipe Contepomi retire and both captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Martin Hernandez succumb to injuries that forced them out of the entire autumn series.

Argentina hasn’t beaten a major rugby nation since winning in Wales on November 2012 but Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who will captain the team in place of Fernandez Lobbe, isn’t giving up hope.

“The team is very tight and our objectives are clear. People are talking about (Argentina’s struggles), but we don’t care,’ Leguizamon said. “We are all professional players and we must adapt ourselves as quickly as possible to the new system.”

As ever in games involving Argentina, one of the most powerful scrummaging units around, the front-row battle will be key.

England has overhauled its entire front three, bringing in fiery hooker Dylan Hartley for Tom Youngs and props Joe Marler and David Wilson for Mako Vunipola, who is injured, and Dan Cole.

Centers Joel Tomkins and Billy Twelvetrees struggled against Australia but are retained as the midfield pairing with first-choice Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi still injured.

Ben Foden comes in for Marland Yarde on the wing, while lock Geoff Parling has recovered from the effects of concussion and is on the bench.

Argentina are keen to prove there is more to their game than the scrum after finishing bottom of the Rugby Championship.

New coach Daniel Hourcade’s side boasts more than 400 caps, with new captain Juan Manuel Leguizamon, leading the team in the absence of the injured Juan Mart

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