Youngs remains grounded

Exciting scrum-half insists he has not achieved anything yet

Last Updated: 19/11/10 4:04pm

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Youngs: Keeping feet on ground

Youngs: Keeping feet on ground

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Ben Youngs insists that he has "achieved nothing yet" and has vowed to stay grounded despite his blossoming England career.

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The 21-year-old seems to have established himself as England's scrum-half for both the present and the future after string of impressive performances recently.

He will win his sixth international cap in Saturday's Test against Samoa, equalling the number won by his father Nick, who also played at scrum-half.

But despite the praise being heaped upon Youngs, he is determined not to get carried away and says he still has everything to prove.

"I think I have handled the attention so far and that is partly because of the support my family have given me," Youngs said.


"I'm a grounded lad anyway so there will never be a case of me stepping out above my station. I never intend to and I hope I never do.

"I play rugby because I love it. I keep playing because I love it and the day I stop enjoying it is the day I hang up my boots.

"I can't start thinking I've achieved something now because I have achieved nothing yet."

Youngs played an instrumental part in Chris Ashton's breathtaking try against Australia at Twickenham last weekend, selling a dummy on his own line and attacking his way out of trouble rather than electing to kick.

World Cup-winning winner Matt Dawson subsequently paid tribute to Youngs' role in the score, claiming that no other England scrum-half of the past 50 years would have attempted to pull the move off.


Youngs added: "That's very kind of him to say that. I don't really like watching myself in a review, I get quite embarrassed.

"I had a small part to play in that try. Okay, I went for it and that was the thing that got us going. Sometimes in rugby your instinct takes over."

The Leicester prospect is keen to keep improving on his game to meet the wide-ranging demands of international rugby and expects a physical contest in the penultimate autumn Test against Samoa on Saturday.

"The Samoans offer a very different challenge, a very physical challenge," said Youngs.

"I have to keep moving on as a player. I have to keep working and adapting. If I can do that then hopefully I can keep the teams I come up against on their toes.

"That is the challenge for me - to keep adapting and changing the way I play so that no-one catches up with me and no-one will be able to work out how I play."

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