NewsCO.com.au – British and Irish Lions 2017: Ben Youngs withdraws from squad for family reasons

May 7, 2017

Tom (left) and Ben Youngs have played together for Leicester and England

England scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the Lions tour to New Zealand after the wife of his brother Tom learned that she is terminally ill.

Ben, 27, is a team-mate of hooker and captain Tom, 30, at Leicester Tigers and the pair will play in the remainder of the Premiership season for the club.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw replaces Ben Youngs on the Lions tour.

“We are a very close family and, as I am sure everyone can respect, time is now precious together,” said Ben.

“The most important thing for me at this difficult time is to be able to offer as much support as I can to Tom and his family in the remaining time we all have together.”

Tom Youngs’ wife Tiffany was diagnosed with cancer in 2014