Ben Youngs

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Ben Youngs
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Personal information
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)[1]

Gresham's School

Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College
Relatives Nick Youngs
Tom Youngs
Club information
Position Scrum-half
Current club Leicester Tigers
Youth clubs
Years Club

Holt RFC.
Leicester Academy
Senior clubs*
Years Club Apps (points)
2006– Leicester Tigers 188 (165)
Representative teams**
England U20
England Saxons
British and Irish Lions
15 (20)
1 (0)
64 (55)
2 (0)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only and
correct as of 29th May 2016.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 19 November 2016.

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


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.


  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. 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. 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". 15 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 

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