Tom Youngs

Thomas Nicholas Youngs (born 28 January 1987, in Norwich, England) is a rugby union player who plays as a hooker for Leicester Tigers in Premiership Rugby. Between 2012–2015 he won 28 caps for England, including selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and was selected for the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia where he played in all three test matches.

Tom Youngs
Birth nameThomas Nicholas Youngs
Date of birth (1987-01-28) 28 January 1987 (age 34)
Place of birthNorwich, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) [1][2]
Notable relative(s)Nick Youngs (father)
Ben Youngs (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Leicester Tigers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006– Leicester Tigers 215 (115)
2006–2008 Bedford (loan) 24 (25)
2009–2011 Nottingham (loan) 55 (75)
2006– Total 294 (215)
Correct as of 20 June 2021
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2015 England 28 (0)
2013 British & Irish Lions 3 (0)
Correct as of 10 October 2015
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2007–2008 England Sevens

Between 2009 and 2011 he played 55 matches for Nottingham.[3]


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,[4] and also for Holt as a junior.

Club careerEdit

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.

Youngs started the 2013 Premiership final, alongside his brother Ben, as Leicester defeated Northampton Saints.[5]

At the start of the 2016-17 season he was announced as club captain for the Tigers, replacing lock Ed Slater[6] after being injured for nearly half of the previous season.

International careerEdit

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,[7] 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.[8] An impressive performance meant that he retained the shirt for the second test.[9]

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

Youngs was named in Stuart Lancaster's 31- man squad[10] for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and went on to start all 4 games as hooker. He was controversially overlooked for the Six Nations[11] 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.


  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Senior".
  3. ^ "Nottingham Rugby History - player list". Nottingham Rugby History. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ Good Win For Ireland Schools Archived 20 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine report dated 8 April 2004 at
  5. ^ "Aviva Premiership final: Leicester 37-17 Northampton". BBC. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Tom Youngs: Leicester Tigers name England hooker as club captain". BBC Sport. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Tom Youngs handed England debut against Fiji". 8 November 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Ask John: Postponed Championship matches, father and son England players and the career of Squire Wi | Live Rugby Features". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  9. ^ "BBC Sport - Chris Ashton returns to England team to face Australia". 15 November 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Who's in England's Rugby World Cup squad? - CBBC Newsround".
  11. ^ "Tom Youngs omitted from new England squad". Rugby World. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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