Care passed fit for second Test

Date published: June 10 2014

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Danny Care is set to start for England in Saturday's second Test against the All Blacks having recovered from his shoulder injury.

Danny Care is set to start for England in Saturday's second Test against the All Blacks in Dunedin having recovered from his shoulder injury.

The Harlequins scrum-half had to withdraw from the first Test at Eden Park after injuring his shoulder in training but he is now in line to replace Leicester's Ben Youngs.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster will announce his starting line-up on Wednesday (Thursday morning NZ time) with as many as six changes expected to the side that lost 20-15 in Auckland.

“His shoulder is good,” reported Care's room-mate, prop Joe Marler.

“He says it's back to where it was before he missed a kick and fell over on it. It was gutting that something as minor as that could make him miss the first Test. But he's back fit now and available for selection.”

“We have to win this weekend to take it down to the last Test,” added Marler.

“We're confident that if we fine-tune a few things we can push the All Blacks even closer.”

Fly-half Owen Farrell is set to form an all-new half-back duo with Care as he replaces Freddie Burns.

“I played in the Six Nations for the first time with Danny and loved it,” said Farrell.

“He's obviously a world-class player and someone who can take any opportunity that comes.

“Not only that but he can make something out of nothing. To be able to play off the back of that is huge. Danny's a brilliant player.”

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