Town - England scrumhalf Ben
Youngs believes if England are to beat the All Blacks they
are going to need 'game-changers' like Manu Tuilagi.
Eddie Jones named Tuilagi in his
25-man squad announced on Tuesday to face the New Zealand at Twickenham on
Saturday, with the centre not having played for the Red Rose for two and a half
years due to injury.
And Youngs has welcomed the
27-year-old's return, saying he looks in fine fettle, while hailing his
influence on the squad.
“We know what a world-class
operator Manu is,” Youngs told Sky Sports.
“Seeing him in your team settles
the boys down knowing he is there. It was great to see him running around
today. He is looking good.
"You need game-breakers
don't you? You know against New Zealand you're going to have score tries,
simply trying to slot penalties probably isn't going to be enough because of
the threat they pose.
"So having guys like him and
other guys is vital because you need guys that are going to be game changers or
game-breakers and he's certainly one of those guys, so he's going to be
important if he's involved."
Tuilagi was meant to return to
action in last weekend's narrow 12-11 victory over the Springboks but was a
late withdrawal from the matchday 23 with a minor groin strain.
"He's looking good in training,
but I don't make those decisions if he plays or not, I just know what he's
capable of and I'm sure if he's given the opportunity that he would be able to
certainly give us a lot of go-forward and be a key cog to this team."
Tuilagi will forever be
remembered for his dazzling display in the 38-21 triumph over the All Blacks at
Twickenham in 2012. And Youngs says there is a strong belief in the squad that
they could replicate a similar sort of performance.
"Our belief is very
good," he said. "We're really excited about the opportunity and I'm
very excited and I know that my team-mates echo that as well. We're looking
forward to being at Twickenham and we're in a good place.
"I think it's important to
recognise that there's a reason they've been so dominant for years.
"They're highly successful,
you can't hide away from that but it's important you really focus on what we
"We don't want to get lost
in what they do and how they play and everything like that.
"We want to make sure that
we give the best account of ourselves and how that is, is making sure we get
our game-plan clarity absolute right and then we're able to execute on