- Date of Birth5 Sep 1989
- BirthplaceCawston, England
- Height1.78m (5' 10)
- Weight88kg (13st 12lbs)
Robert Cowell is a multiple Group winning racehorse trainer based at Bottisham Heath Stud five miles from the centre of Newmarket. A family owned stud within 180 acres of paddocks, it is completely self-contained, peaceful, and provides a welcoming atmosphere for all owners and potential owners. It is ideally suited to keeping the horses happy and helping them to achieve their full potential. Over the past several years with notable success at Royal Ascot the yard has expanded considerably and now houses plenty of top-class horses; achieving notable success at Stakes level in Dubai, France, Ireland and, of course, England.
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Son of former scrum-half Nick and brother to hooker Tom, Leicester Tigers is in the blood of scrum-half Ben Youngs.
An academy graduate, Ben became the club’s youngest-ever league player when he ran out for his debut in a match at Bristol in April 2007 and came off the bench in 2006/07 Premiership Final win over Gloucester before his 18th birthday.
Players’ Player of the Year, supporters’ Young Player of the Year and RPA Young Player in 2009/10, he ended that season with a try in the Premiership Final win over Saracens.
Another memorable milestone came when he kicked 17 points in the historic win over South Africa at Welford Road in October 2009.
He marked his 100th appearance with a try in the win at Sale Sharks in October 2012 and then saw his 80-metre solo try at Bath voted Try of the Year at the RPA Awards.
Youngs played in his fifth Premiership Final in 2013 and collected a fourth league title of his career before joining brother Tom and four of their clubmates on the victorious British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.
By 2014/15 Ben was leading Tigers as skipper in the absence of club captain Ed Slater and passing 50 Tests with England before playing in the Grand Slam triumph a year later.
After scoring two tries in his first appearance at the World Junior Championships with England Under-20s in 2008, he remained in the squad that reached the Final in Japan during 2009 before making a Saxons debut in January 2010.
Youngs made his Test debut as an emergency wing in England’s win over Scotland in 2010 and was ever-present at scrum-half in the Six Nations title triumph a year later, while also playing in further Championship wins in 2016 and 2017.
Selected for a second Lions tour in the summer of 2017, Ben withdrew for family reasons but played his part as Tigers reached the knockout stages of the league season yet again.
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