Ben Youngs has been recognised for his significant contribution to the game with the Leicester Tigers scrum-half presented the RPA Special Merit Award.
Speaking about the award, Youngs said: "I feel very privileged to receive this award and I want to thank the RPA for the recognition of the hard work that has gone in to my career."
"It's always nice to win any award as a player, but to get recognition from the body that represents all of my fellow players is a huge honour."
🏉 Another player who is smashing records!— The Good, The Bad & The Rugby (@GoodBadRugby) June 9, 2021
Next up is the @theRPA Special Merit Award in association with Jura. It's @benyoungs09! Now on an amazing 108 @EnglandRugby caps (And counting...👀). Still doing the job for @LeicesterTigers as well 👊
Well done Lenny 🥳👏 pic.twitter.com/iIsPQwv19R
Youngs made his 250th appearance for Tigers in September last year, during the recommenced 2019/20 campaign, before achieving the milestone of 100 Test caps for England in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup in October.
A graduate of the Leicester Tigers Academy, Youngs became the club's youngest-ever league player when he ran out for his debut in a match at Bristol in April 2007 and got off the bench in 2006/07 Premiership Final win over Gloucester before his 18th birthday.
During this season's European Challenge Cup campaign, the scrum-half became Leicester's most-capped European player with his 75th appearance.
To date, Youngs has played 375 competitive senior professional matches including 263 appearances for Leicester Tigers, 109 Test appearances for England and two Test appearances for the British & Irish Lions.