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I played like an idiot - Youngs

Ben Youngs admitted he "played like an idiot" as England's dream of a first RBS 6 National Grand Slam since 2003 was shattered by Ireland's comprehensive 24-8 victory in Dublin.

The Leicester scrum-half was sin-binned in the 36th minute at the Aviva Stadium for petulantly hurling the ball into the crowd to stop Ireland taking a quick lineout. Youngs accepted it was far from his finest performance but has vowed that he and the team will bounce back.

"I'm so disappointed," said the 21-year-old. "I've played like an idiot but I have to man up and take it on the chin. This is a good test of character."

He added in the Mail on Sunday: "Let's see what I am made of. Hopefully I'll bounce back. I have some good guys around me who will help pull me through.

"We are a very strong unit and we'll come back better from this, I'll guarantee that. I will work hard to make sure it never happens again.

"It has happened and it is not easy to swallow but guys will come back and we'll be better for it. You only have to see what's happening in the rest of the world to realise this is just a game."

Boss Martin Johnson admitted England would have to "wear the scar" after seeing their Grand Slam hopes disappear.

"This is a scar and we'll have to wear that scar. Do you have to get your scars and bruises in before you win something?" said the manager.

"You hope not, but Ireland had theirs before they won the Grand Slam in 2009. I told the players we'll take this on the chin. We were beaten by a good team, an experienced team.

"We were always chasing the game. It was tough but we gave it a crack in the second half because we needed to play. It summed up our day up when two of our players ended up passing straight back to them."


From Belfast Telegraph