‘Everyone talks about cycles but I’m only 30’: Ben Youngs insists there’s plenty more to come from him yet after silencing his critics with a man-of-the-match performance for England in victory over Wales
- Ben Youngs hopes he proved his critics wrong in England’s victory over Wales
- The scrum-half was key to England’s victory at Twickenham on Saturday night
- Only Jason Leonard has won 100 caps for England and Youngs is keen to be next
Ben Youngs hopes he has silenced his critics, saying after a man-of-the-match performance for England against Wales that he’s not done yet.
The 30-year-old scrum-half was key to England’s fast-tempo victory on his 99th cap and is now targeting records with the red rose on his chest.
Only Jason Leonard has won 100 caps for England and Youngs is keen to be next — and then go beyond the 2003 World Cup-winning prop.
Ben Youngs hopes he has silenced his critics after impressing for England against Wales
‘You’re always going to have opinions, especially after a World Cup. Everyone talks about cycles but I’m only 30,’ said Youngs. ‘I could be 33 at the next World Cup and I feel absolutely fine.
‘I think Jason would be happy if I join him in the 100s as he could take me for a pint and absolutely write me off!
‘He might be more excited than I will be. When I do it it’ll be lovely but I don’t want to stop there. I have every desire to get there but I also want to kick on.’
England were 33-16 up before seeing Manu Tuilagi red-carded and Wales score two late tries but Youngs says they always felt in control.
‘We defended unbelievably well and were stuck in own half for 15 minutes and then got a red card,’ added Youngs. ‘But it felt like a dominant display.’
The 30-year-old scrum-half was key to England’s fast-tempo victory on his 99th cap
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