O’Con­nor: Lions have to pick Youngs

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RE­TURN­ING Le­ices­ter head coach Matt O’Con­nor said there is no way the Lions se­lec­tors can af­ford to leave Ben Youngs be­hind af­ter the scrum-half wel­comed him back to Welford Road with a sparkling dis­play.

“How could the Lions not pick him?” he asked and added: “He’s very good – as good as there is in the world.”

He was also en­thu­si­as­tic about prop El­lis Genge. “He’s only a young man, his dis­ci­pline is grow­ing, and he’s got a huge fu­ture.”

O’Con­nor added: “It was pleas­ing, but I’m con­vinced there’s 35 to 40 per cent growth in us.”

Fal­cons rugby direc­tor Dean Richards said New­cas­tle were on the wrong end off the of­fi­ci­at­ing.

“There were two knock-ons which were de­lib­er­ate and we didn’t get a penalty. As soon as we saw Tempo (Ian Tem­pest) was ref­er­ee­ing we knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game.

“We looked at the ref­er­ee­ing quar­tet and knew they would be in­flu­enced very heav­ily by the Le­ices­ter crowd.”

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