The Leicester hooker Tom Youngs has been ruled out of England’s tour of New Zealand in order to support his wife’s treatment for an illness.
The 27-year-old has earned 17 caps for his country since he made his debut in 2012.
“Our thoughts are with Tom and Tiffany at this time and it is entirely right that he stays at home to support her and their daughter Maisie,” England head coach Stuart Lancaster is quoted by Daily Mail
“Everyone in the England squad sends them our best wishes.”
England will play four matches against the All Blacks in New Zealand, starting on 7 June.
In addition, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft, Jack Nowell and Christian Wade will also miss the summer tour to New Zealand, as they all are still recovering from their injuries.