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Wigglesworth replaces injured Youngs

By Duncan Bech

England have called up Richard Wigglesworth to replace the injured Ben Youngs for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales.

Youngs will miss the rest of the tournament, and the season, having suffered knee ligament damage in the seven-try rout of Italy on Sunday, ruling him out for the next four months.

The Leicester scrum-half's name was missing from the 32 summoned to England's Surrey training base, confirming Wigglesworth will provide cover for Danny Care as a replacement against Wales.

A scan undertaken yesterday determined Youngs' cruel fate, and it is also an important week for Nathan Hughes, who is to be assessed to see whether he will play any role in this Six Nations.

His participation is threatened by a knee injury sustained in December, although the Fiji-born No.8 was expected to be back for the latter rounds.

Care hopes Youngs' misfortune will enable him to become England's most capped scrum-half as a starter.

Care stepped off the bench to equal Matt Dawson's record of 77 Red Rose appearances in the No.9 jersey and, with Youngs stricken, a place in the starting XV now awaits.

"You never want to see a bad injury like that and I was gutted to see Ben in so much pain," Care said.

"Hopefully the scan will bring good news and all the boys are thinking of him.

"It would be great to get into the No.9 shirt for the Wales game having had 70 minutes under my belt, which is great because I love being out there with the boys."

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