Ben Youngs

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Ben Youngs
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Full name Benjamin Ryder Youngs
Date of birth (1989-09-05) 5 September 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Norwich, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)[1]
School Gresham's School
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Notable relative(s) Nick Youngs (father)
Tom Youngs (brother)
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Leicester Tigers
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Youth clubs
Years Club / team    

2006–
Holt RFC
Leicester Academy
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006– Leicester Tigers 188 (165)
Correct as of 29th May 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–2009
2010–
2010–
2013
England U20
England Saxons
England
British and Irish Lions
15
1
69
2
(20)
(0)
(70)
(0)
Correct as of 12 March 2017

Benjamin Ryder Youngs (born 5 September 1989) is an English rugby union player who plays as a scrum-half for Leicester Tigers and England.

Background[edit]

Ben Youngs was born 5 September 1989 in Norwich, England. His older brother Tom Youngs is also a rugby player, for Leicester Tigers as a hooker. His father Nick Youngs played scrum-half for both Leicester and England.[2]

Club career[edit]

Youngs made his Leicester Tigers first team début against Argentina in 2007 and became Leicester's youngest ever league player when he came off the bench against Bristol.[3] Later that season, he played in the final of the 2006–07 Guinness Premiership.[4] Youngs was nominated as the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership Discovery of the Season award.[5]

He was instrumental in their 22–17 defeat of the Springboks in a Friendly match on 6 November 2009.[6] Due to injury to squadmate Harry Ellis, he was able to hold down a starting place in the 2009–10 season. In February 2010, Youngs signed a new contract.[7] His team-mates voted him Leicester Tigers Player of the Season for 2009/10.[8] In a season littered with awards, he also picked up the Landrover Discovery of the Season award.[9] He crowned off the season by playing in the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership final victory over Saracens.[10]

International career[edit]

Youngs has played for England U-16, U-18 and in March 2008 was a member of the England under-20 team that won the grand slam.[11]

Later that month, Youngs made his debut for the England Sevens team at the Hong Kong sevens.[12]

Youngs played in the final of both the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.[13] and 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.[14]

He was selected for the revised England Saxons Squad on 13 January 2010, and upgraded to the revised Senior Squad as injury cover for Harry Ellis on 25 January 2010.[15] Later that month, he made his debut for the England Saxons, against Ireland A.[16] He made his senior England debut as a substitute on the wing for the injured Ugo Monye in the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland on 13 March 2010,[17] and was an unused replacement in the match against France.[18] He continued as part of the senior squad on their tour of Australia, and played in both Test matches.

Youngs made his first international start in England's 21 – 20 win over Australia in Sydney, on 19 June 2010. He played an important role in improving the England gameplan in the game, and scored a solo try in the first half.[19] On 13 November 2010, Youngs was awarded man of the match award for his outstanding performance against Australia.[20]

In April 2013, he was announced as one of three scrum halves for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia alongside Mike Phillips and Conor Murray.

International tries[edit]

As of 11 February 2017. [21]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  Australia Sydney, Australia ANZ Stadium 2010 England rugby union tour of Australasia 19 June 2010 Win 21 – 20
2  Argentina Dunedin, New Zealand Otago Stadium 2011 Rugby World Cup 10 September 2011 Win 13 - 9
3  Romania Dunedin, New Zealand Otago Stadium 2011 Rugby World Cup 24 September 2011 Win 67 - 3
4  Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2012 Six Nations 17 March 2012 Win 30 - 9
5  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Coca-Cola Park 2012 mid-year rugby union internationals 16 June 2012 Loss 27 - 36
6  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Coca-Cola Park 2012 mid-year rugby union internationals 16 June 2012 Loss 27 - 36
7  Italy London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Six Nations 14 February 2015 Win 47 - 17
8  France London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Six Nations 21 March 2015 Win 55 - 35
9  France London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Six Nations 21 March 2015 Win 55 - 35
10  Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 mid-year rugby union internationals 29 May 2016 Win 27 - 13
11  Australia Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium 2016 England tour of Australia 11 June 2016 Win 39 - 28
12  Australia London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 Autumn International 3 December 2016 Win 37 - 21
13  Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2017 Six Nations 11 February 2017 Win 21 - 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Hands, David (12 January 2010). "Youngs brothers prove adaptable while following in father's footsteps at Leicester". London: Times Online site. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bristol 30–13 Leicester". BBC Sport. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Leicester crush Gloucester in Premiership finale". ESPN Scrum. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Guinness Premiership Award nominees announced". Guinness Premiership official site. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Leicester 22–17 South Africa". BBC Sport. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "England trio secure new Leicester Tigers deals". BBC Sport. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Players pick Youngs as top man". Leicester Tigers official website. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs nets top award". Leicester Mercury website. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Foy, Chris (31 May 2010). "Tigers pounce to give Lewis Moody a victorious send off". London: Daily Mail. 
  11. ^ "Grand Slam glory for England Under 20s". RFU Official site. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "England upbeat after sevens defeat". Channel 4. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Standley, James (22 June 2008). "England U20 3–38 NZ U20". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "England lose out to New Zealand in Junior final". RFU Official site. 21 June 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Senior England EPS Update". RFU Official site. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "England Saxons 17–13 Ireland A". BBC Sport. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  17. ^ Fordyce, Tom (13 March 2010). "Six Nations as it happened". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Fordyce, Tom (20 March 2010). "France 12–10 England". BBC News. BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  19. ^ Ackford, Paul (19 June 2010). "Ben Youngs at the heart of a resurgent England". The Telegraph. London. 
  20. ^ "Youngs vows to improve". skysports.com. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "Ben Youngs International matches". 3 December 2016. 

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