England’s senior players take control before second Test against South Africa

England have been on the rocks and the players want to change that, says Ben Youngs
South Africa v England – second Test
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England’s senior players have taken the lead this week in a bid to rescue the side’s poor run of form, said scrum-half Ben Youngs.

Last weekend’s 42-39 defeat by South Africa in Johannesburg was England’s fourth Test defeat in a row.

“The senior players have taken a fair amount of ownership,” Youngs told BBC Sport.

“We’ve been making sure everyone is aware of what needs to be done.”

Number eight Nathan Hughes added: “The meetings have been run by the players…

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