Tiffany Youngs – wife of ex-England and Lions hooker Tom – dies

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Tiffany Youngs - the wife of former England and Lions rugby player Tom Youngs - has died from cancer, it was announced today


Ex-England rugby star Tom Youngs’ wife loses brave cancer battle: Tragedy as mother-of-one, 35, dies from Hodgkin Lymphoma… four years after being told she was in remission

  • Tiffany Youngs diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and, three years later, told illness was terminal
  • In 2018, told she was in a state of remission, but today, Leicester Tigers confirmed she’d tragically died
  • Youngs announced his retirement from professional rugby back in April after taking leave to care for her 

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Former England rugby star Tom Youngs’ wife Tiffany has died aged 35 after an eight-year battle with cancer, it was announced today. 

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma – a form of blood cancer – shortly after the birth of daughter Maisie in 2014, after developing a cough she couldn’t shift.  

Three years later she was told her illness would be terminal and, despite being told she was in remission in 2018, has tragically lost her fight with the disease. 

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Youngs’ former club, Leicester Tigers, confirmed the tragic news on their website today. 

Tiffany Youngs - the wife of former England and Lions rugby player Tom Youngs - has died from cancer, it was announced today

Tiffany Youngs – the wife of former England and Lions rugby player Tom Youngs – has died from cancer, it was announced today 

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal. In 2018, she then heard she was in a state of remission

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal. In 2018, she then heard she was in a state of remission

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal. In 2018, she then heard she was in a state of remission

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal

Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her illness would be terminal

A statement from the club read: ‘Leicester Tigers are deeply saddened by the news that Tiffany Youngs has passed away after her heroic battle with illness.

‘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.’  

Tiffany was told in 2017 that her illness was ‘incurable’ and she could die within a month – a devastating blow which resulted in Tom’s brother Ben Youngs pulling out of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand. 

A year later she went into remission, but the illness sadly returned and Youngs went on indefinite leave from Tigers duties in October 2021 to care for his seriously ill wife before retiring from the game.

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Today a host of other professional rugby clubs paid tribute to Tiffany. 

Harlequins said: ‘Everyone at Harlequins is deeply saddened to hear this terrible news and we send our condolences to Tom, the Youngs and the Sands families at this time.’

And Northampton Saints tweeted: ‘Such terribly sad news. The thoughts of all at Saints are with the Youngs and Sands families, as well their many friends at Leicester Tigers.’  

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a post the former rugby player shared on Instagram last year

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a post the former rugby player shared on Instagram last year

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a post the former rugby player shared on Instagram last year 

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a social media photo. Tiffany was told in 2017 that her illness was 'incurable' and she could die within a month

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a social media photo. Tiffany was told in 2017 that her illness was 'incurable' and she could die within a month

Youngs, Tiffany and Maisie in a social media photo. Tiffany was told in 2017 that her illness was ‘incurable’ and she could die within a month

A Premiership title winner in 2012/13 and Anglo-Welsh Cup winner in 2016/17, Youngs retired in second place on Leicester’s all-time list for appearances as captain with 98.

Only legendary England World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson has led Leicester on more occasions.

A second-generation Tiger, Youngs is the son of former Leicester scrum-half Nick and spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben at club and international level.

The Youngs brothers represented England together at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and also toured Australia with the Lions in 2013.

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