George Chuter Blog: Ben Youngs really did say that
Perhaps once in your lifetime, something will happen to you that changes the way you look at things forever. This can be a blessing, or it can be a curse.
You can have your eyes opened to the beauty and wonder of the world around you, or you can discover that all isn’t as rosy as you previously thought.
A dictionary definition of the word ‘epiphany’ is: a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation.
I had an epiphany when I was still playing the game in June 2010, when I was first exposed to the unwitting comedic genius that is Leicester Tigers scrum-half, Ben Youngs.
Ok, maybe I am being a little grandiose here, and I have to admit that my life has pretty much continued on it’s previous track since June 2010. However, I remain steadfast in my view that I see the world differently, since a team meal out whilst on tour with the England rugby team, in Australia in the summer of 2010.
I will set the scene – the whole squad is out for a meal at a Chinese restaurant in Perth, Western Australia. A beautiful, Chinese waitress sashays past. Some comments are made, and a legend is born. The legend that is Ben Youngs.
Here is not the place to reveal the full details of the exchange that took place. That can be found by reading @stuffbensaid on Twitter, or by flicking through the book of the same name that has just been published. But suffice to say that Ben said something that was so absurd, many around the table just thought he was simply hilarious. As the trip went on, however, it dawned on me that this was not deliberate on his part. It transpired that he would make some sort of similarly daft comment or statement EVERY SINGLE DAY!
This revelation, allied to the often-excruciating boredom of touring, led me to start a Twitter account, so that the pearls of wisdom dropped by Ben, could be digitally preserved for ever, for future generations to enjoy.
Fast-forward five years, and we have the Magnum Opus that is “Stuff Ben Said”. The tireless work of Tom Croft must be acknowledged here. As best friend and housemate, of the protagonist, he was perfectly placed to report back to me all the idiocy that occurred on a seemingly-daily basis. Along the way, Tom developed an intricate network of spies. This included other players, family friends, and even close family members. All were tasked with reporting back to Crofty any time our hero said “Lenny Stuff”.
After five years, there were around 100 quality quotes, with many others falling by the wayside due to the 140-character limit of Twitter. Crofty had the great idea of making this collection of stupidity into a book, partly to celebrate Ben’s upcoming wedding, but also to benefit the Matt Hampson Foundation, of course a charity very close to all at Leicester Tigers. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be going directly to the Foundation.
That is a brief history of Stuff Ben Said. I can assure all readers that all the quotes in the book/on Twitter, are genuine and out of the mouth of Ben Youngs. I wish I could claim such an acute sense of humour, but unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with a brain that works like his.