Ben Youngs bows out with thanks of Steve Borthwick and all of English rugby

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By Alex Spink When Steve Borthwick’s tribute to England’s most-capped male player came to an end he shook the hand of Ben Youngs and said two simple words. In a week dogged and dominated by the distraction of the racist slur Tom Curry says was aimed at him in England’s World Cup semi-final, Youngs’ retirement threatened to slip under the radar. His 14 years of service, 126 caps, four World Cups and the same number of Six Nations titles lost in a sea of claim and counter claim. “Steve shook my hand and said, ‘Thank you’,” revealed the scrum-half. “It didn’t need to be any more than that.” Young…

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