New Zealand v England: Care backs Tuilagi to excel as winger

New Zealand v England: Second Test

  • Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
  • Date: Saturday, 14 June
  • Kick-off: 08:35 BST

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England scrum-half Danny Care believes Manu Tuilagi will shine in the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday, despite being shifted to the wing.

England's results in New Zealand

Lawrence Dallaglio, Steve Thompson and Joe Wosley celebrate England's 15-13 win in New Zealand in 2003

7 June 2014: Lost 20-15 (Auckland)

21 June 2008: Lost 44-12 (Christchurch)

14 June 2008: Lost 37-20 (Auckland)

19 June 2004: Lost 36-12 (Auckland)

12 June 2004: Lost 36-3 (Dunedin)

14 June 2003: Won 15-13 (Wellington)

27 June 1998: Lost 40-10 (Auckland)

20 June 1998: Lost 64-22 (Dunedin)

8 June 1985: Lost 42-15 (Wellington)

1 June 1985: Lost 18-13 (Christchurch)

15 September 1973: Won 16-10 (Auckland)

1 June 1963: Lost 9-6 (Christchurch)

25 May 1963: Lost 21-11 (Auckland)

Tuilagi has started at centre in all of his 23 Tests but has had to make way for Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell for the game in Dunedin.

The All Blacks won the first Test in Auckland last Saturday 20-15.

"He's one of the best players in the world, winger or centre. Wherever he plays he'll cause problems," said Care.

"You saw how good he was last weekend, how many players it took to tackle him, how powerful and explosive he is. We'll want to give him the ball as early as possible.

"It's great that players like Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees are pushing him and we've got that strength in depth that you want to play all three of them."

Harlequins number nine Care missed the first Test with a shoulder injury but will resume his Six Nations half-back partnership with fly-half Owen Farrell at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Care and Farrell replace Ben Youngs and Freddie Burns respectively in England's starting XV.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has made five changes to the side that came agonisingly close to securing only England's third Test victory in New Zealand last weekend.

The All Blacks snatched the win when Conrad Smith dived over for a try two minutes from the end.

Care, 27, added that he is relishing facing All Blacks number nine Aaron Smith, describing him as "one of the best scrum-halves in the world".

"He's got everything - a great kicking game, a great ability to snipe and create breaks for people and his pass is among the best," said Care.

England's tour of New Zealand

7 June: 1st Test, Auckland - lost 20-15

14 June: 2nd Test, Dunedin

17 June: Tour game v Crusaders, Christchurch

21 June: 3rd Test, Hamilton

"We know how good the All Blacks are, they're the best team in the world. But the lads are up for it and raring to go. The series is over if we don't win so it's a massive game."

Meanwhile, Northampton's Burrell said he was excited about resuming his midfield partnership with Twelvetrees, which impressed during this season's Six Nations.

"We're confident in each other, we've got a good understanding from the Six Nations and fingers crossed we can build on that and have a good evening at the office on Saturday," said Burrell, 26.

England's two wins on New Zealand soil came at Wellington in 2003 and at Auckland in 1973.