November 7, 2018 / 6:25 AM / 9 months ago

Rugby-Youngs glad to see Tuilagi back ahead of All Blacks clash

Nov 7 (Reuters) - England scrumhalf Ben Youngs has welcomed the return of Manu Tuilagi to the squad and says his influence could be crucial in Saturday’s test against New Zealand.

Centre Tuilagi has not played for England for more than two years because of injury and missed their 12-11 win over South Africa at the weekend with a minor groin strain.

“We know what a world-class operator Manu is,” Youngs told the British media.

“Seeing him in your team settles the boys down knowing he is there. It was great to see him running round today. He is looking good.”

Youngs said Tuilagi’s pace and power could have a huge bearing on England’s ability to go out and beat the All Blacks.

“One thing about the All Blacks is that you are going to have to score tries,” Youngs added.

“I don’t like talk of trying to ‘contain’ New Zealand because it implies that we will go out there and see what they have got. It is about going out there and really taking the game to them.” (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford )

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