In­jured Par­ling to miss third Test

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Eng­land’s prospects of de­part­ing New Zealand with a pre­cious All Blacks scalp have dwin­dled af­ter Ge­off Par­ling was ruled out of the cli­max to the se­ries with a ham­string in­jury, writes Dun­can Bech.

Hailed ear­lier this week by head coach Stu­art Lan­caster as Eng­land’s “out­stand­ing for­ward” of the tour, Par­ling’s ab­sence from to­day’s Waikato Sta­dium show­down is a sav­age blow. Joe Launch­bury will re­sume his suc­cess­ful RBS 6 Na­tions sec­ondrow part­ner­ship with Court­ney Lawes by tak­ing Par­ling’s place in the start­ing XV with Dave Attwood pro­moted to the bench.

“Ge­off’s been in great form and has led from the front very well as far as the for­ward pack is con­cerned,” Andy Far­rell said, the as­sis­tant coach, said. “He was strug­gling at the be­gin­ning of the week and did ev­ery­thing he pos­si­bly could to get right, but he isn’t right to play at Test match in­ten­sity.”

Far­rell gave short shrift to com­ments made by New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen that Eng­land face a dilemma over their tac­tics af­ter dis­cov­er­ing they are un­able to match the All Blacks at a high­tempo game. Af­ter last Satur­day’s 28-27 vic­tory, Hansen said: “They are in a bit of a quandary re­ally be­cause they took us on in Dunedin play­ing a game of real pace and worked out they couldn’t.”

A week ear­lier Hansen had com­plained that Eng­land had at­tempted to slow the game down at Eden Park.

“Well, we didn’t try to slow the game down in the first Test and they thought that was our tac­tics then. Now they’re say­ing we’re try­ing to speed the game up and can’t do that,” Far­rell said. “The re­al­ity is that the game al­ways takes its own path and we’ve got to be in con­trol of what we do. We’ll be ready for ei­ther way of play­ing.”

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