Tom Youngs

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Tom Youngs
Full name Thomas Nicholas Youngs
Nickname Youngsy
Date of birth (1987-01-28) 28 January 1987 (age 30)
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 Apps (points)
Leicester Tigers
Nottingham (loan)
Correct as of 5 September 2015
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (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[edit]

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[edit]

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. Perhaps he will regain his England caps again during the 2017 England rugby union tour of Argentina when its likely that Hartley and George will be on Lions Duty, especially after a man of the match performance against Racing 92[10] in which he had made impressive carries and had a 100% line out success.


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