Emotional day for Leicester Tigers' brothers in arms Ben and Tom Youngs
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs has described his first England appearance alongside brother Tom as "hugely emotional".
The two men, sons of former Tigers and England scrum-half Nick Youngs, started at scrum-half and hooker in the 16-15 defeat at Twickenham.
Although the result did not go their way, the achievement of becoming the first brothers to play for their country since Delon and Steffon Armitage, in 2009, left some fond memories.
Perhaps the most iconic was of them arm-in-arm while blurting out the national anthem in front of their friends and relatives in the sell-out crowd.
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"I always sing the anthem. If I didn't, my grandma would have a real go at me," said younger brother Ben.
"It was a hugely emotional moment for me and one that I will treasure.
"Knowing you are alongside your brother, with all of your family in the crowd, is a great moment. There's not much that beats that."
Elder brother Tom, 25, was quickly on the scene to lend a helping hand when Ben, 23, got involved in a scuffle with Eben Etzebeth, a South African lock-forward almost a foot bigger than him.
Tom grabbed Etzebeth by the scruff of his neck, pulled him backwards and then dived on top of him as players from both sides piled in during the second-half incident.
"It's quite handy to have your big brother close by in a situation like that," said Ben.
England will have to lick their wounds in a hurry this week. After successive home defeats by Australia and South Africa, world champions New Zealand are next up to finish England's four-match campaign.
'The results are very frustrating. We just need to be a little bit more clinical when we get chances," said Ben.
"We have to step it up again this weekend. The challenges come harder and harder. New Zealand have set the bench-mark very high."
Tigers fly-half Toby Flood has been ruled out of the New Zealand game with a damaged toe.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has drafted in Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns, and he is likely to play understudy to Owen Farrell when the side is named on Thursday.