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Ben Youngs reveals Billy Vunipola inspired try-scoring celebration

Ben Youngs has revealed his try-scoring celebration in England's 37-21 victory over Australia was a nod to Billy Vunipola and their one-sided battles on a video game.

Vunipola missed the conclusion to the autumn internationals after undergoing knee surgery, but remained with the squad and was present at Twickenham for the four-try rout of the Wallabies.

The third was a moment of individual brilliance from Youngs, who took a quick-tap penalty and dummied opposite number Nick Phipps using Marland Yarde as the bait before racing over with arms outstretched.

"Me and Billy have spent a fair amount of hours while in camp playing FIFA and I normally beat him 8-0 and give a good celebration like that. So that was a little shout-out to him as he was with the team still," Youngs said.

"Obviously I'm pleased to have scored but the main thing is the result. Marland was outside me and he'd already scored so I wasn't going to give it to him.

"The opportunity arose, I took it. Obviously had Marland not been there the defender wouldn't have fallen for the dummy."

Youngs' cunning also set up two tries in the autumn opener against South Africa and Eddie Jones has acclaimed the Leicester scrum-half as his player of the series alongside Courtney Lawes.

Youngs credits Jones' instructions not to indulge his sweet tooth for his resurgence under the Australian.

"I am really enjoying my rugby and that's credit to Eddie. He's not letting me have any chocolate!" Youngs said.

"When I first turned up he said I needed to be lighter and leaner. The way the game is going, it is quicker and faster and he needed me to operate at a higher level than what I was operating at.

"When a coach tells you to lose a couple of kilos there could be a lot worse things to work on. Just cut down on portions and you are near enough there."


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