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

Holt RFC.
Leicester Academy
Senior clubs*
YearsClubApps (points)
2006–Leicester Tigers188 (165)
Representative teams**
England U20
England Saxons
British and Irish Lions
15 (20)
1 (0)
65 (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 26 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

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

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.
  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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