Tom Youngs

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Tom Youngs
Date of birth (1987-01-28) 28 January 1987
Place of birth Norwich, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 104 kg (16 st 5 lb) [1][2]
School Gresham's
Notable relative(s) Nick Youngs (father)
Ben Youngs (brother)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Leicester Tigers
Nottingham (loan)
correct as of 5 September 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British and Irish Lions
correct as of 10 October 2015.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2007-2008 England

Thomas Nicholas Youngs (born 28 January 1987, in Norwich, England) is a rugby union player who plays as a hooker for Leicester Tigers and England.


Youngs is the son of former Leicester and England scrum-half Nick Youngs, and the elder brother of current Leicester and England scrum-half Ben Youngs.

Originally a centre he changed to play at hooker after advice from then Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer.

Youngs played for Gresham's School and for England Schools,[3] and also for Holt as a junior.

Club career

He made his Tigers debut against London Irish on Boxing Day 2006, broke his leg after five minutes and came off after thirteen.

In the 2008/09 season, Youngs was used in the Leicester "A" team as a hooker, where he was trained by current Leicester head coach and former Tigers and England hooker Richard Cockerill.

International career

In 2007-08, he was a member of the England squad at Rugby sevens.

On England's summer tour to South Africa in 2012, Youngs was taken as part of the main touring squad for experience. He played in the midweek games and his performances led to him being touted as a future England starting hooker.

Due to an injury to England's first-choice hooker Dylan Hartley and the earlier retirement of second-choice Lee Mears, Youngs was awarded the number 2 shirt for England's first 2012 Autumn International match against Fiji,[4] and was joined on the pitch by substitute brother Ben. The Youngs brothers became the second family to have a father and two sons play for England after Sir William Milton and his sons Jumbo and Cecil.[5] An impressive performance meant that he retained the shirt for the second test.[6]

He was named as part of the victorious Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Youngs was named in Stuart Lancaster's 31- man squad[7] in August 2015 for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and went on to start all 4 games as hooker.


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