Ben Youngs is set for one last Twickenham farewell with England’s record caps holder set to line up for Barbarians in June clash with Fiji

  • Ben Youngs played 127 times for England – more than any other men’s player
  • The No 9 signed a new deal at Leicester in December and is still going strong 
  • NIK SIMON: Youngs bowed out a hero in England’s bronze medal match victory 

England men’s record caps holder Ben Youngs is set for one more Twickenham farewell with the scrum-half ready to feature for the Barbarians against Fiji in June.

Youngs, 34, made his 127th and final Test appearance in England’s bronze medal match win over Argentina at last year’s World Cup before retiring from international duty.

It ended a 13-year Test career which saw the Leicester man play at four global showpiece tournaments in 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023.

Despite calling it quits with England late last year, Youngs is still going strong at club level.

In December, he signed a new Leicester deal to return for a 19th season with the Tigers.

Ben Youngs is set for one last Twickenham farewell when he appears for Barbarians in June

Barbarians will take on Fiji to contest the Killik Cup with Youngs granted the chance to run out on the field he represented England on 127 occasions

Barbarians will take on Fiji to contest the Killik Cup with Youngs granted the chance to run out on the field he represented England on 127 occasions

Despite retiring from international duty Youngs is still going strong at Leicester and signed a new deal in December

Despite retiring from international duty Youngs is still going strong at Leicester and signed a new deal in December

On June 22, Youngs will be part of a Barbarians taking on Fiji at Twickenham offering him the chance to run out once again at the venue where he represented his country for so long.

‘To be invited to play for the Barbarians and have the opportunity to wear such a prestigious shirt for the first time is something I have always wanted to do,’ said Youngs.

‘I wasn’t sure whether I would ever get the chance, so of course I was delighted to get the call. As an Englishman, any time you play at Twickenham it’s an absolute privilege.

‘It’s a stadium that is obviously very dear to me, so I’m grateful to get another opportunity to run out there as you never know when it might be the last time.’

The Barbarians will be coached by former Australia boss Robbie Deans with the Killik Cup on the line.

In 2019, the two teams met in a thrilling encounter with Fiji edging a thrilling game 33-31.

Youngs added: ‘To be able to play for the Barbarians at Twickenham in an entertaining game with a festival atmosphere on a summer’s day, in front of a big crowd, is absolutely awesome.

‘It’s an experience I will treasure.’

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