"I couldn't have asked for a better sibling"- Ben Youngs breaks down in tears during moving interview - Ruck

“I couldn’t have asked for a better sibling”- Ben Youngs breaks down in tears during moving interview

England rugby star Ben Youngs breaks down in tears during moving interview about his brother Tom.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better sibling, to be honest with you,” Youngs told the RFU’s Inside Line podcast.

“I have seen my brother every day of the year for 32 years. Growing up with him and then obviously being a professional rugby player with him.

“When he left in September and had to go back, it’s been a strange time, it’s been a tough time. I confide in my brother a lot with what happens professionally because he gets a lot of the things.

“For me, there’s a void. There’s a bit of an emptiness at the moment because I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like.

“It’s, kind of, probably taught me and reinforced just how important we are for each other.

“It’s weird to think that we’ve had all those years together, playing and all that, and it’s sort of finishing. I wish I knew that was going to be the last time, you know.

Struggling to hold back the tears, he added: “It’s a tough subject.”

“You’ve got A grade talent but B grade attitude – I’m not sure people have come across this terminology buy Tom was an example of A grade attitude and probably B grade talent,” he added.

“His desire and hard work to improve, get better and never fall short on what his own person standards are have allowed him to have a great career.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“He’s probably the most mentally strong bloke I’ve ever come across. To know him is to love him. He’s hugely inspirational in terms of how he’s dealt with things and how he continues to tackle things front on.

“He’s obviously done a leadership role at the club, when he was captain, and things have had to be cut a little bit shorter than we would have liked.”

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