Dream moment for Youngs
Young scrum-half can't wait to play at Twickenham
Last Updated: 03/11/10 8:19am
Youngs: Can't wait to play at Twickenham
Talented tyro Ben Youngs is relishing the chance to tackle New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.
Youngs has enjoyed a meteoric rise, having started last season as third-choice scrum-half at Leicester but finishing it as a try scorer in England's sensational 21-20 victory over Australia in Sydney.
And the 21-year-old will now get the chance to make his first appearance at Twickenham when he lines up against the All Blacks in the first Investec International.
"Playing at Twickenham for the first time, the challenge of facing the All Blacks - what better challenge is there to see where you stand not only as an individual but as a team?" Youngs said.
"It's been incredible really. Last year I was third, second choice at Leicester. So to kick on and become first choice at Leicester, and then to get the privilege and honour of being picked and capped by your country.
"It's something you dream of but you're never quite sure if it ever will happen. It's happened very, very quickly but at the same time I've loved every minute of it. But I've got to keep progressing and working hard."
Youngs will now look to emulate his father Nick, who was part of the England side that toppled the All Blacks 15-9 at Twickenham in 1983.
"He doesn't mention that at all," Youngs said.
"We have a great relationship but he's fully aware that the game has moved on since then.
"He's always there for support but in terms of advice and things like that he doesn't involve himself.
"Dad was the first person who ever taught me how to spin-pass off both hands as well as teaching me how to kick.
"But as soon as I moved to Leicester at 16 he just sat back and let the coaches take over."