Son of former Leicester and England scrum-half Nick, Youngs was born in Cawston, Norfolk and was a member of the England Junior National Academy in 2006-07. He played at outside half, full back and centre, as well as scrum half with the Tigers Academy, which he joined on a full time basis that season.
He became the youngest Leicester player to appear in a league match when he faced Bristol in 2007, aged just 17, and went on to claim a Premiership winner’s medal.
Youngs made his big breakthrough in the 2009/10 season, scoring 17 points in the historic win over South Africa at Welford Road, and then being named Tigers Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters’ Young Player of the Year and Rugby Players Association Young Player before scoring a try in the Guinness Premiership Final win over Saracens.
The Leicester scrum-half announced his arrival on the international stage with a try-scoring first start for England in the 21-20 win at Sydney in June 2010 courtesy of a dummy pass and dynamic dash from line. He followed that with a virtuoso performance on only his second Twickenham start when England overpowered Australia 35-18 in November 2010.
Youngs became the club’s youngest-ever league player with his debut in the closing seconds of a defeat at Bristol in April 2007 and came off the bench in the 2008 Guinness Premiership Final win over Gloucester before his 18th birthday.
Still in his early-20s, scrum-half Ben Youngs has already played in four Premiership Finals and played in a Rugby World Cup campaign.