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Youngs joins 200 Club in Premiership Rugby

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Ben Youngs will add another impressive milestone to his CV on Saturday afternoon at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

The most-capped England men’s international in Test match history, Youngs will become just the third Leicester Tigers player to make 200 Premiership appearances this weekend. He already sits in second on the club’s all-time list for European Champions Cup appearances.

Ben Youngs

After being named to start at scrum-half on Saturday against Newcastle Falcons, the 33-year-old joins current team-mate Dan Cole (213*) and Geordan Murphy (205) as the trio of Tigers to reach a double century in green, red and white.

Youngs made his Premiership debut in April 2007, away to Bristol, and won his first title to close out his debut season in senior rugby.

Since the 2006/07 campaign, Youngs has featured for Tigers in five Premiership winning seasons - including the 2021/22 competition - and finished as runner-up in a further two Finals at Twickenham.

He has scored 27 tries in addition to a lone penalty-goal in the competition to amass 138 Premiership points in 199 appearances to date.

Just 50 players before Youngs have reached 200 appearances in the English competition, which began 35 years ago, and only 11 before him have done it for one club.

The Norfolk-born, Tigers Academy graduate is just the sixth scrum-half to register a double-hundred alongside Danny Care, Lee Dickson, Andy Gomarsall, Joe Simpson and current team-mate Richard Wigglesworth.

Leicester Tigers Appearances = 283
Premiership Appearances = 199
Test Appearances = 119 (England = 117 / British & Irish Lions = 2)