Tom Youngs

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Tom Youngs
Birth name Thomas Nicholas Youngs
Date of birth (1987-01-28) 28 January 1987 (age 31)
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
Position(s) Hooker Centre
Current team Leicester Tigers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–
2006–08
2008–11
Leicester Tigers
Bedford (loan)
Nottingham (loan)
158
24
53
(70)
(25)
(70)
Correct as of 27 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012-
2013
England
British and Irish Lions
28
3
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 10 October 2015
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2007-2008 England Sevens

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.

Background

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, when he was persuaded to switch to hooker he was used by new head Coach Richard Cockerill in the Leicester "A" team as a hooker.

In the 2010-2011 season he was loaned to the Leicester feeder club Nottingham R.F.C. where he was first choice hooker.

At the start of the 2016-17 season he was announced as club captain for the Tigers, replacing lock Ed Slater[4] after being injured for nearly half of the previous season.

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,[5] 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.[6] An impressive performance meant that he retained the shirt for the second test.[7]

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[8] in August 2015 for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and went on to start all 4 games as hooker. He was controversially overlooked for the Six Nations[9] by new coach Eddie Jones and then was injured for the Summer tour of Australia. He was overlooked again for the 2016 Autumn Internationals and was not chosen for Jones' 45 EPS Squad for the Six Nations with skipper Dylan Hartley as first-choice, Jamie George as second choice and Tommy Taylor as third choice.

References

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.leicestertigers.com/rugby/leicester_tigers_senior_squad.php?player=21383&includeref=dynamic
  3. ^ Good Win For Ireland Schools Archived 20 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. report dated 8 April 2004 at irishrugby.ie
  4. ^ "Tom Youngs: Leicester Tigers name England hooker as club captain". BBC Sport. 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport - Tom Youngs handed England debut against Fiji". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  6. ^ "Ask John: Postponed Championship matches, father and son England players and the career of Squire Wi | Live Rugby Features". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Chris Ashton returns to England team to face Australia". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34076390
  9. ^ "Tom Youngs omitted from new England squad". Rugby World. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-03.

External links

  • Leicester profile
  • England profile
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