‘I’ve got a bucketload of memories’ – Youngs retires from international duty

‘I’ve got a bucketload of memories’ – Youngs retires from international duty

Youngs, who plays his club rugby for Leicester Tigers, started at No. 9 for the Red and Whites in this game, having had to wait for his chance to appear from the beginning with Alex Mitchell, the Northampton Saints scrum-half, Steve Borthwick’s first choice in France.

Speaking to ITV after the match, Youngs said: “I’m delighted the boys got the result. That was hard-fought, you know.

“There wasn’t much running in the legs that were trying to back up what was a huge effort last week, and we came out of the blocks, and we started, and didn’t quite get to our rhythm but we found a way. We’re pleased to end with a win and ultimately we wanted to be here tomorrow night, but we couldn’t and tonight is a nice win.

“The game’s given me so much. I’ve got huge friendships and bonds, not just in this England team and guys I’ve met and got to know for years, but people I’ve played against for years.

“Rugby is a special sport, you’ve got this bond and friendship, and I’ve got a bucketload of memories that will last long beyond my career. It’s given me a huge amount and I’m very, very grateful.

“Thank you to everyone, I’m pleased we were able to get the win, and I’ll have a beer and enjoy myself in the company of the boys one last time tonight.”

Courtney Lawes is another big name to bow out of international rugby, and he also made his final appearance in England white on

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