B&I Lions: Ben Youngs rinuncia al Tour in NZ “per motivi famigliari”. Al suo posto convocato Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw oriam 2016
Alba Ovale – 2016

Greig Laidlaw è il terzo scozzese convocato nel gruppo dei British and Irish Lions che partirà alla volta della Nuova Zelanda per sfidare gli All Blacks in estate. Il capitano di Gloucester e della Scozia, che sarà impegnato nella finale di Challenge Cup con i Cherry and Whites venerdì prossimo, sostituisce l’inglese Ben Youngs, che ha scelto di rimanere al fianco del fratello Tom e di sua moglie in un momento difficile per la famiglia.

Ecco il comunicato ufficiale dei B&I Lions:

The British & Irish Lions this evening expressed their support for the Youngs family following the announcement that Ben has withdrawn from the squad for family reasons.
 

The wife of Ben’s brother Tom has been battling cancer for three years and the family has now received the news that the illness is terminal.

Ben has spoken with Head Coach Warren Gatland, who said: “We fully understand and respect Ben’s decision to stay at home.

“Family comes first and I know from having toured with Tom and Ben in 2013 how close they are. This is a difficult and important time for them and we send Ben, Tom and their family our heartfelt thoughts.”

Scotland and Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will join the Tour party.”

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