Parling ruled out of third test with All Blacks

EVAN PEGDEN
Last updated 16:23 20/06/2014
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RULED OUT: England lock Geoff Parling will miss tomorrow's thirds test with the All Blacks.

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Standout England lock Geoff Parling is out of tomorrow night's third test against the All Blacks in Hamilton.

Parling was ruled out with a hamstring injury and is replaced in the starting XV by Joe Launchbury with Dave Attwood coming onto the bench.

It is the eighth change to the England team that took the field in last week's second test in Dunedin.

The news is a blow to the England camp with assistant coach Andy Farrell today acknowledging the 30-year-old second rower had been in great form and was leading the forward pack from the front.

''He was struggling at the beginning of the week and did everything he possibly could to get right, but he just isn't right to take the field and play at the intensity that this test match is going to be played at tomorrow,'' Farrell said.

''It's a big loss for us but we've got good cover in that position and we've got a couple of hungry boys waiting for us to do the job tomorrow.''

Launchbury is seven years Parling's junior at the age of 23 but brings a look of the future to England's second row in teaming up with 25-year-old Courtney Lawes.

Farrell confirmed Lawes would run the lineout for England, as he had done before, and said Launchbury was determined to prove a point after initially missing out on selection in the run-on XV.

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