Youngs ready for return to Twickenham as Tigers tackle Bath in key clash
Twickenham has been a happy hunting ground for Ben Youngs in recent years with England, now he needs to recreate the magic with Leicester Tigers.
England have won all 11 of their matches at HQ under coach Eddie Jones, with scrum-half Youngs again continuing to play an important role as the Six Nations title was retained last month, clocking up his 70th cap.
The 27-year-old former Holt and North Walsham junior has returned his focus to club matters now though and is preparing to face Bath at Twickenham in a clash which is likely to prove pivotal in the battle for the final play-off spot in the Aviva Premiership.
Leicester are currently fourth ahead of ‘The Clash’ but just three points ahead of their opponents, with both teams having games they would expect to win in their final three fixtures.
“It will be in our hands if we can beat Bath,” said Youngs. “If we don’t get the result, we will have to hope they don’t slip up and we don’t want to have to rely on that outcome.
“We will focus on getting our bits right and, if we do that, we can get a result. It’s a play-off for the play-offs and it is something we have spoken about.
“They have threats all over the place, like in the back row with Toby Faletau, and in the backs like: Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson and George Ford.
“We have to be smart about how we stop their key guys which is always easier said than done.”
The match offers the former Gresham’s School pupil the opportunity to impress on the big stage again, as he looks to retain his place in the British & Irish Lions squad ahead of its confirmation for this summer’s tour of New Zealand on April 19.
“We are building towards that feeling of a special game,” Youngs continued, speaking to the Leicester Mercury.
“We have not had a great record at The Rec over the years and it just adds to that sense of occasion that we are playing such a big game at Twickenham.
“With where we are in the table, it works out really well and both teams will be going for it in front of 50,000 people.
“It’s going to be a great day and one that we are all looking forward to.”
The match is a 2pm kick-off and is being screened live on BT Sport.