You Have To Applaud Tom Youngs’ Commitment To His Teammates This Weekend
Look up warrior in the dictionary and you’ll find Tom Youngs’ name beside it.
The Leicester captain has never been one to back down from a challenge, having been told he couldn’t make it as a centre as a young up and coming star, before transforming himself into a Lions and England hooker.
His latest challenge however is one even he can’t probably overcome and that’s dealing with the fact that his wife’s cancer is back and this time it’s terminal. Despite this, Youngs is adamant he will captain Leicester and lead them out against Wasps this weekend in their Premiership semi-final.
Tom’s brother Ben has pulled out of the Lions tour this summer, both both will continue with their club this season.
Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor, told The Daily Telegraph:
“He wants to be in, he wants to be playing, he wants to be in the environment because it has been a real saviour for him over the past two or three years.
“He wants to make sure that he keeps fulfilling those obligations because it has been so positive for him.
“He has used it as an escape in certain regards over the course of Tiff’s illness. He understands that he needs to continue that.
“The captaincy is another part of that but we have been very flexible around it. It’s entirely on his terms. He’s tried to be in when he can but not to the point where he is compromised anywhere else, but he will be playing on Saturday.
“Given the rock he has been over the season with the coaching situation, he has been a phenomenal strength for the playing group and he wants to continue that through.”