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A virtuoso performance from Ben Youngs, making only his second Twickenham start, brought him the Investec Man of the Match award when England overpowered Australia 35-18 in November 2010.

Six years later, in the corresponding game, he won the Old Mutual Wealth Man of the Match award in England’s 37-21 victory.

The pinnacle of his dazzling display was a quickly taken tapped penalty and sprint to the line for an opportunist try. His next try, against Wales in the 2017 Six Nations, meant he was third in the list of try-scoring England scrum halves.

Matt Dawson (16) and Danny Care (13) were both ahead of him at the conclusion of the 2018 Six Nations..

Scintillating form behind a dominant Leicester Tigers pack had projected him to the accolade of Land Rover Discovery of the Year 2009/10 at the annual Premiership awards and a try-scoring first start for England in the 21-20 win over Australia at Sydney in June 2010.

He also marked his Rugby World Cup debut in September 2011 with a vital try against Argentina in Dunedin after coming off the bench for Richard Wigglesworth.

Another followed later that month only 20 seconds after half-time in the 67-3 win over Romania and his fourth, against Ireland at Twickenham in March 2012, came from an opportunist tap and go from a penalty.

His two touchdowns against South Africa in the second Test at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, three months later were the first instance of a player scoring two tries in a match for England against the Springboks since Will Greenwood in November 2002.

He won his 25th cap against Fiji in the autumn of 2012 and was a key player in the 12-6 victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in February 2013 when reaching the 30-cap landmark.

He appeared in every match in the 2013 Six Nations and went on to reach 40 caps against South Africa at Twickenham in November 2014 before his 50th came when Fiji were beaten 35-11 at Twickenham in September 2015.

Ben celebrated his 60th cap in the second Test over Australia in Melbourne in June 2016 and he was a central figure in England’s high tempo game as the tourists secured the Wallaby whitewash in Sydney.

His slick display against Wales in Cardiff helped to emphasise England’s superiority in the 2015 Six Nations. Eight days later he scored a sharp-witted try from a tap penalty close to Italy’s line at Twickenham.

He was man of the match in both the next two games at HQ when Scotland were beaten 25-13 and France were overpowered 55-35, with Ben scoring two of England’s seven tries.

Another man of the match award followed after England beat Italy 40-9 in Rome in the 2016 Six Nations and he produced a perfect grubber kick for Anthony Watson’s try in the Grand Slam finale against France in Paris.

Ben was the Tigers' youngest league player when appearing against Bristol in April 2007 and figured off the bench in the 2008 Premiership final triumph over Gloucester.

His first senior try was against Bath in the EDF Energy Cup in October 2008.

The youngest player in the England U20 World Championship party in 2009, he ended 2008/09 season by figuring in the squad that reached the final in Japan. He also advanced into the England Sevens party for the IRB World Series, first appearing in Hong Kong.

Ben was a member of the England Junior National Academy in 2006/07 and joined the Tigers academy in the same season.

Norwich-born and educated at Gresham’s School in Holt, he played for North Walsham before joining Leicester and is the son of Nick Youngs, the Tigers scrum half, who won six England caps in 1983/84.

Ben's older brother, Tom, a centre-turned-hooker, was on a dual registration with the Tigers and Nottingham before returning to Welford Road and winning his first England cap against Fiji in November 2012.

Ben and Tom became the 14th pair of brothers to represent the British & Irish Lions on the 2013 tour of Australia. Both played in the first Test at Brisbane with Ben appearing off the bench for Mike Phillips in a 23-21 win.

The following week they became the first siblings to start a Lions Test together since Gavin and Scott Hastings did so 24 years earlier.

He was once again called up as one of three scrum halves for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017, but was forced to withdraw due to family reasons.

Ben went on to break Matt Dawson’s record for England Test starts at scrum half in the opening match of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations against Italy in Rome, before being stretchered off after suffering knee ligament damage.

International Record

60 points - 12T

2010 S(R), A(1R,2), NZ, A, Sam, SA 2011 W, It, F, S, I World Cup - Arg(R), G, R, S, F 2012 S, It, W(R), F(R), I(R), SA (1,2), Fj(R), A(R), SA, NZ 2013 S, I, F, It(R), W, A(R), NZ(R) 2014 NZ (1,2R,3), NZ(R), SA(R), Sam, A 2015 W, It, I, S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W, A 2016 S(R), It, I, W, F(R), W, A(1,2,3), SA, Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It(R), S(R), I, Arg, A, Sam(R) 2018 It, SA (1)

Lions: 2013 A(1R, 2)

Last updated: 11 June 2018

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