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Wales flanker ruled of New Zealand tour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016 By Andrew Baldock

Ellis Jenkins has been called into Wales' squad for their tour of New Zealand after first-choice flanker Dan Lydiate was injured during a 27-13 loss to England.

Lydiate, who captained Wales in the absence of Sam Warburton at Twickenham, went off midway through the first half on Sunday suffering a shoulder problem.

The Welsh Rugby Union later confirmed the 57-cap forward would not be flying out with team-mates for the three-Test series against the All Blacks starting in Auckland on June 11.

Uncapped Cardiff Blues flanker Jenkins, 23, earns a promotion. He is a former Wales under-20 captain.

Wales were already without wing Alex Cuthbert and flanker Justin Tipuric through injuries for the New Zealand tour, while Warburton is recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him this weekend.

Warburton is expected to be fit for the opening Test.

It capped a disappointing day for Wales, who conceded five tries to an English side who should have won by more but were hampered by wayward goalkicking from first five-eighth George Ford.

After trailing 10-0 early on, England fought back and eventually surged clear with tries for Luther Burrell, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs, Jack Clifford and Marland Yarde.

England were without any of the players involved in Saturday's Premiership final when Saracens beat Exeter but apart from their New Zealand-born loose forward debutant Teimana Harrison, still fielded an experienced side against a similarly-familiar Welsh side.

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