Ben Youngs

Ben Youngs

Ben Youngs
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Ryder Youngs
Date of birth (1989-09-05) 5 September 1989
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 161 (138)
Representative teams**
England U20
England Saxons
British and Irish Lions
15 (20)
1 (0)
52 (45)
2 (0)
* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only and
correct as of 27 August 2015.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 4 October 2015.

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]

Former Tigers and England utility back Austin Healey referred to Youngs as a potential world beater.[3]

Club career

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.[4] Later that season, he played in the final of the 2006–07 Guinness Premiership.[5] Youngs was nominated as the 2008–09 Guinness Premiership Discovery of the Season award.[6]

He was instrumental in their 22–17 defeat of the Springboks in a Friendly match on 6 November 2009.[7] 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.[8] His team-mates voted him Leicester Tigers Player of the Season for 2009/10.[9] In a season littered with awards, he also picked up the Landrover Discovery of the Season award.[10] He crowned off the season by playing in the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership final victory over Saracens.[11]

International career

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.[12]

Later that month, Youngs made his debut for the England Sevens team at the Hong Kong sevens.[13]

Youngs played in the final of both the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.[14] and 2009 IRB Junior World Championship.[15]

He was picked 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.[16] Later that month, he made his debut for the England Saxons, against Ireland A.[17] 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,[18] and was an unused replacement in the match against France.[19] 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.[20] On 13 November 2010, Youngs was awarded man of the match award for his outstanding performance against Australia.[21]

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

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Australia Sydney, Australia ANZ Stadium Test Match 19 June 2010 Won
2  Argentina Dunedin, New Zealand Otago Stadium 2011 Rugby World Cup 10 September 2011 Won
3  Romania Dunedin, New Zealand Otago Stadium 2011 Rugby World Cup 24 September 2011 Won
4  Ireland London, UK Twickenham 2012 Six Nations 17 March 2012 Won
5  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Coca-Cola Park Test Match 16 June 2012 Lost
6  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Coca-Cola Park Test Match 16 June 2012 Lost
7  Italy London, UK Twickenham 2015 Six Nations 14 February 2015 Won
8  France London, UK Twickenham 2015 Six Nations 22 March 2015 Won
9  France London, UK Twickenham 2015 Six Nations 22 March 2015 Won
10  Fiji London, UK Twickenham 2015 Rugby World Cup 18 September 2015 Won


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External links

  • Leicester profile
  • England profile