Youngs brothers cannot wait for Lions tour to begin

Last Updated: 13/05/13 2:41pm

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Brothers-in-arms Ben and Tom Youngs

Brothers-in-arms Ben and Tom Youngs

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British and Irish Lions brothers Ben and Tom Youngs admit they cannot wait to get on the plane to Australia.

The Leicester duo must first play for their club in the Aviva Premiership final against old rivals Northampton at Twickenham on May 25.

The Lions squad was assembled for the first time in London on Monday for medicals and to be measured up for their kit and tour suits.

And the brothers admitted meeting their fellow tourists and trying on the famous red shirts filled them with excitement.

Ben said: "We've obviously still got a game to go with Leicester but we're looking forward to what's after that as well. To be here and meet everyone, you can feel the atmosphere already."

Tom added: "It's sinking in a bit more now. To be here and put some of the kit on, it's fantastic and a massive dream come true."


The brothers first played international rugby together for England only last autumn, against Fiji.

Their father, who also played for England, and the rest of the Youngs family were at Twickenham for that match, and Tom confirmed their selection for the Lions tour has led to a frenzy of activity.

"There's a fair few coming out to Australia - they're all booking up their flights and trying to get the hotels booked up. There's fantastic support from our family and it's great to have them out there with us," he said.

Selection for the starting XV looks wide open and Ben says he intends to make the most of his opportunities to try to make the No 9 shirt his own, with Mike Phillips and Conor Murray his rivals.

"You play as well as you can when you get the opportunity you have to make sure you perform. There's obviously a huge group of talented players and everyone is fighting it out. It's exciting but everyone is going to be on the same page because we want to win a Test series," he said.

Wales hooker Richard Hibbard is most pundits' favourite to start at No 2, but he will be pushed all the way by Tom Youngs and Northampton's Dylan Hartley, who will be going head-to-head in the Aviva Premiership final.

"The final is going to a great one. Northampton against Leicester - and me against Dylan as well. I'm looking forward to the day already and I'm sure he is as well," said Tom.

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