The Leicester Tigers and England scrum-half has pulled out of the tour due to the ill health of his brother’s wife.
Tom Youngs’ wife has been battling cancer for three years and the family have received News the illness is terminal, prompting Ben’s decision to withdraw from the British and Irish Lions tour.
In a statement on the Leicester Tigers website, Youngs said: “We are a very close family and, as I am sure everyone can respect, time is now precious together.
“The most important thing for me at this difficult time is to be able to offer as much support as I can to Tom and his family in the remaining time we all have together.
“It is a great honour to be selected as a member of the British & Irish Lions squad and I would like to thank Warren Gatland, the staff and the other players for their understanding in this situation.
“I wish them well and, like all rugby supporters in British and Ireland, hope they have a successful tour.”
Both Tom and Ben Youngs will continue to play for Leicester in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals for the remainder of the season.
Source : EXPRESS