Youngs called in for first England tour

Norfolk's Ben Youngs has been included in what team manager Martin Johnson describes as the strongest England touring team since the 2003 World Cup win for the trip to Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Norfolk's Ben Youngs has been included in what team manager Martin Johnson describes as the strongest England touring team since the 2003 World Cup win for the trip to Australia and New Zealand this summer.

The Leicester Tigers scrum-half, who is rated one of the most exciting young talents in world rugby, will be in competition with Danny Care, Joe Simpson and Richard Wigglesworth for the No 9 shirt after London Irish's Paul Hodgson was excluded from the 44-man senior squad. Steve Borthwick, Louis Deacon, Phil Vickery, Andrew Sheridan, Riki Flutey and Tom Rees will all miss the five-match tour for a variety of injury-related reasons.

But Olly Barkley, David Flatman, Charlie Hodgson and David Strettle have forced their way back in.