BREAKING: Former England rugby star Tom Youngs wife Tiffany dies after cancer battle

Tiffany Youngs, the wife of former England rugby star Tom Youngs, has died after a prolonged battle with illness.

In 2014, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma—a form of blood cancer— and fought the disease for three years before being told the illness was terminal. And on Wednesday, Leicester Tigers released a statement confirming the sad news.

“Leicester Tigers are deeply saddened by the news that Tiffany Youngs has passed away after her heroic battle with illness,” it read. “On behalf of everybody at the club, we send our condolences to the Youngs and Sands families. The club will be providing no further details and asks that the Youngs and Sands families have their privacy respected at this time.”

In October 2021, the club announced that husband Tom had taken ‘indefinite leave’ in order to return to his home in Norfolk and care for his wife. He also handed in the club captaincy, having made more than 200 appearances for the Premiership side since joining in 2006.

Following her terminal diagnosis in 2017, Tom’s brother, Ben, was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand. However, he forfeited his place to be with Tiffany and family.

The England scrum-half then ruled himself out of contention for this past summer’s series in South Africa because of “family reasons.” However, despite being informed she had between one and 12 months to live, Youngs’ wife then heard in early 2018 that she was in a state of remission.

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