England fans left wincing after Ben Youngs suffers horror knee injury v Italy

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England made the perfect start to the defence of their Six Nations crown, scoring two early tries through Anthony Watson.

Owen Farrell was unable to covert the scores, but Eddie Jones' side raced into a ten-point lead nonetheless.

Italy can be tricky customers and an early start was vital, which is exactly what England got through their rapid winger.

Benvenuti replied for the hosts with a fantastic try just after the 20-minute mark following a brilliant team move, but England were well in control early on.

Their dominance paid off once more when Farrell found a gap and blitzed through the Italy defence to make up for his earlier failures with the boot.

But it was a historic day for Ben Youngs, who equalled Matt Dawson's record of 79 caps at scrum-half for his country.

The 28-year-old also made his 56th consecutive start for England, which broke the World Cup winner's previous tally in that respect.

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But his afternoon was cruelly cut short just ten minutes in, when he suffered a horrific-looking knee injury.

His knee appeared to get trapped under a tackle when trying to pass the ball from the ruck, and he was subsequently stretchered off and replaced by Danny Care.

You can view the video below, and it's not hard to see why he was in such agony.

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It looks like a serious problem for Youngs, and on first glance he'll be very lucky to appear again this season, let alone in the rest of the Six Nations.

Fans on Twitter were understandably shocked by the incident, with some people reporting they could hear the scrum-half screaming in pain as it happened.

The widespread concern on Twitter shows just how serious the injury appears to be for Youngs, who played a vital role in the opening try.

Let's hope it's not what it looks like, and we'll be seeing him back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

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