LONDON - Tom Youngs is set to complete a remarkable transformation in his rugby career after being named to make his Test debut in an inexperienced England side against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Leicester hooker started his career at centre but was converted into a front-row forward under the guidance of then Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer, now in charge of South Africa.
Youngs, 25, is now in line to become the third member of his family to play international rugby union for England with younger brother Ben, a 24-times capped scrum-half, on the bench this weekend as back-up to Danny Care.
Nick Youngs, the brothers' father, won six caps at scrum-half from 1983-84.
England coach Stuart Lancaster gave Tom Youngs his chance after an injury to Dylan Hartley that threatens to sideline the New Zealand-born hooker from the whole of England's European autumn international campaign.
The uncapped pair of Saracens prop Mako Vunipola and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury are in line to make their Test debuts off the bench.
England: Alex Goode, Charlie Sharples, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Ugo Monye, Toby Flood, Danny Care, Thomas Waldrom, Chris Robshaw (capt), Tom Johnson, Geoff Parling, Tom Palmer, Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler.
Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown