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LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 14:30 06/06/2014
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OUT OF ACTION: Danny Care, left, trains with his replacement Ben Youngs in Auckland earlier this week.

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An embarrassing miss-kick has seen England halfback Danny Care ruled out of tomorrow's first test against the All Blacks at Eden Park.

On Monday this week, Care threw himself off balance and fell onto the ground after missing an attempted grubber kick. His shoulder took the impact of the fall and hasn't recovered in time.

Losing the 47-test No 9 is a blow to the already-depleted English, who have only seven players that started their last Six Nations test against Italy.

"It's his own fault actually, it was a rubbish kick," England assistant coach Andy Farrell said of the training incident where Care was injured. "He stubbed his foot on the ground and missed the ball completely. It was hilarious. He fell over and hurt his shoulder.

"I burst out laughing and then realised it wasn't too funny. I showed all the lads the next day and it was hilarious. Not quite as good when he's not playing in the test match two days later though.

"He was very close, a couple of days off. We expect him to be fully fit for next week. His strength wasn't quite there.

"He's been in great form, not just in the Six Nations where he was outstanding for us, but for his club as well. In general he was in a very confident mode. That's the game and we get on with it."

Ben Youngs will start in Care's absence and Lee Dickson, who arrived in Auckland on Tuesday, comes on to the bench.   

"Danny is getting there but we won't take any risks and we need every player to be 100 per cent," England coach Stuart Lancaster said. "Ben Youngs is one of our most experienced players - he has played against the All Blacks three times and is raring to go. Lee has known all week that he could be featuring so we managed his preparation accordingly." 

Youngs is determined to make the most of his opportunity.

"It's a shame for Danny as I know he has worked hard to be fit for the game. But it's a great to be starting against New Zealand at Eden Park and I know with four scrum-halves in the squad there is a massive amount of competition for me to perform for the team and be at the top of my game."  

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