England optimistic Manu Tuilagi will be fit to face All Blacks

Tuilagi in action against the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2014

Tuilagi in action against the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2014

England are "cautiously optimistic" that Manu Tuilagi will recover from his groin strain in time to face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

Underhill - nicknamed the "white orc" by Dylan Hartley, the England co-captain, because of his apparent resemblance to a Lord of The Rings character - will be expected to help lead the resistance to the All Blacks.

England also face Japan and Australia later in November.

"I was gutted when he pulled out (of the South Africa match), but it was a tiny niggle", said Youngs.

"He's in great physical shape and unfortunately had an injury past year that ruled him out when he was going well, but he's an excellent player". "We're really excited about the opportunity and I'm very excited and I know that my team-mates echo that as well".

"We know what a world-class operator Manu is", Youngs told the British media. 'Seeing him in your team settles the boys down knowing he is there.

The outlook on Courtney Lawes' back injury is similar to Tuilagi with Jones hopeful he will be available for Saturday after being ruled out against South Africa.

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Courtney Lawes is available having overcome a back problem that forced him to miss the same match so he takes Elliot Stooke's place among the 25 who will remain at the squad's Surrey training base.

Some England players may doubt how well known they are to their Kiwi opponents, but Youngs is only too aware of the damage the world champions can cause.

Chris Ashton has revealed that it was clear when speaking to All Black Malakai Fekitoa during his season at Toulon that 'he literally didn't know what the Premiership was. England are well versed in what to expect, however.

"One thing about the All Blacks is that you are going to have to score tries", Youngs added.

"We've got a whole lot of players who have had injuries this year, significant injuries over time, and they've come back and at various degrees of accuracy in their game", said Foster.

'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'.

"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 Saturday".

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