Farrell rues Parling loss

Geoff ParlingEngland assistant coach Andy Farrell believes the loss of experienced lock Geoff Parling has come as a massive blow ahead of their third and final Test against New Zealand (All Blacks 1/5, draw 25/1, England 7/2 – Match Betting).

A hamstring injury has meant the Leicester Tigers man will take no part in the final game at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton as England look to end their tour of New Zealand on a high note, having already lost the Test series to the All Blacks.

In what has been a highly competitive campaign, England (7/2 – 2015 World Cup outright) have only just been edged out in the two games against the world champions so far, but the side’s hopes of getting a win have not been helped by the loss of Parling.

Farrell has admitted it is not ideal to lose Parling but feels replacement Joe Launchbury has the ability to fill the void.

He said: “Geoff’s been in great form and has led from the front very well.

“It’s a big loss for us but we have good cover in the position and a couple of hungry boys waiting to do the job.

“Joe was gutted to not be starting the match. After the review, he knows the reasons why he was left out. He’s licked his wounds a little bit and has a chance to start.

“I’m sure we’ll get more out of him because of that initial disappointment. He’s champing at the bit and raring to go.”

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