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Ben Youngs agrees new deal at Tigers

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International scrum-half Ben Youngs has agreed new contract terms with Leicester Tigers after more than a decade of first-team service to the club.

Youngs, 28, is a four-time Premiership title winner and last season he moved past 200 first-team appearances for his only professional club.

He became the club’s youngest-ever league player in his debut at Bristol in April 2007 and also came off the bench in the 2006/07 Premiership Final win over Gloucester before his 18th birthday.

First capped by England in 2010, Youngs remained first choice during their successful 2016/17 campaign and now has 73 caps as well as gaining selection for two tours with the British & Irish Lions.

“I am delighted to extend my stay at a club which means a great deal to myself and my family,” said Youngs.

“I’m looking forward to contributing as much as I can in the coming years as we all strive to make it as successful as possible for the club.”

Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “Ben is a world-class player and a central part of the squad here and an important player for us going forward.

“He has packed a lot of experience at the highest level into his career already and he is still a young man with a lot of rugby left in him.

“He has strong family connections to the club, he came through the academy here, he is first choice in a successful England set-up and we believe he can be a major player for us for many seasons to come.”