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England without Tom Youngs, Tom Croft, Alex Corbisiero, Jack Nowell for New Zealand tour

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LONDON - Tom Youngs will skip England's tour of New Zealand in June to be at home with his ill wife, while Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft, Jack Nowell and Christian Wade will also miss the four-match trip.

Youngs' wife, Tiffany, is requiring treatment for an illness and England coach Stuart Lancaster says Wednesday that "it is entirely right that he stays at home."

Winger Nowell, who made his debut for England in this year's Six Nations, is undergoing knee surgery next week to ensure he will be fit for next season.

Prop Corbisiero and flanker Croft are back playing with their English clubs after being sidelined long-term knee injuries but Lancaster says "they will not have played enough rugby for them to be considered for such a tour."

England faces the All Blacks in three tests on successive Saturdays starting June 7, with a midweek game against the Canterbury-based Crusaders on June 17.

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