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Tigers secure White’s future in Leicester

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Leicester Tigers have agreed a new deal with scrum-half Ben White.

The 22-year-old has made 54 senior appearances for the club since October 2015, when he became the youngest player in the club’s Premiership history aged just 17 years and 151 days.

During the 2016/17 campaign, White spent time on loan with Doncaster in the Championship and appeared in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final and final for Tigers.

White graduated from the Tigers Academy in the same season and has represented England at age-grade levels, including captaining the Under-20s during the 2018 Six Nations and Junior World Cup.

After establishing himself as a senior player during the 2018/19 season, White’s season ended with a run-out at Twickenham as part of an England XV against the Barbarians.

Speaking about the renewed deal, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Geordan Murphy said: “It’s pleasing to have to Ben extend his contract at Tigers for everyone, including, I am sure, the supporters.

“He is a young man who is mature beyond his years, as tough as they come, and loves Leicester Tigers.

“We are confident Ben will continue to progress in the way he has over recent seasons and enjoy a long, successful career in green, red and white.

“At 22, he has made more than 50 senior appearances and almost half of those in the starting side. His future is bright in Leicester and what is most exciting is that he still has plenty of growth in his game.

“Whitey and the young men he has risen through the ranks with at Leicester like George Worth, Jordan Olowofela and Tommy Reffell are the future and the onus is now on them to take the next step and become consistent members of the team, week to week.”