Rugby union - Youngs out of Lions tour because of family illness

Ben Youngs (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK)
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- Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand because of his sister-in-law's terminal illness, the England scrum-half's club, Leicester, announced. The wife of Ben's older brother Tom, himself a Leicester and England hooker, has been suffering with cancer for three years. Thr statement from Leicester said "the family has now received the devastating news that the illness is terminal". Ben Youngs, who made two Test appearances for the Lions during their victorious tour of Australia four years ago, had been selected in coach Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the combined side's three-Test series away to world champions New Zealand on the back of starring for Six Nations kings England this season.

AFP