Injured Youngs ruled out of Six Nations

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The Leicester Tigers scrum-half was taken off early on in Rome, his evident pain souring what proved to be a commanding 46-15 win for England.

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed the 28 year-old had ruptured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee, bringing an end to his tournament.

Youngs will undergo a further assessment with a surgeon later this week, but the RFU said he could be sidelined for up to four months.

England coach Eddie Jones called up Saracens' Richard Wigglesworth as a replacement, with England facing Wales at Twickenham on Sunday (AEDT).

The news is also a huge blow to the Tigers, who are struggling in the bottom half of the Premiership.