Steve Borthwick has included four of the club’s recent additions in his debut Leicester Tigers matchday squad to travel to take on Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in Round 14 of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season on Saturday.
Youngs, in his 150th start and 190th appearance for the club, will captain the side from hooker.
David Williams, on loan from Championship club Nottingham Rugby, is included on the wing and will make his senior debut for the club.
The 24-year-old graduated from the Tigers Academy in 2014 and has previously represented Leicester in the ‘A’ League and Premierships Sevens.
New recruits Luke Wallace and Zack Henry are in line for their club debuts after being named among the replacements, with 20-year-old back-rower Thom Smith facing a Premiership debut after two previous appearances in the Cup.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Exeter, Borthwick said: “Everybody is excited by this opportunity to get back on the field tomorrow.
“They’re a very, very good side and have been a contender at the top of the table for a long time now.
“We have got to go there and put out the best performance we possibly can.
“That’s what we have been working towards, focusing very much on ourselves and developing our game.”
Discussing his debut side, the Tigers head coach added: “I think it’s an exciting team. I think what is pleasing to see is how many academy graduates are part of this matchday squad.
“They know Leicester, they love representing Leicester and I think that is something that has come across very strong to me; how much these players want to make our supporters very proud of this team.”
Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers
Saturday, August 15
Round 14, Gallagher Premiership 2019/20
15 George Worth
14 David Williams
13 Jaco Taute
12 Matt Scott
11 Jordan Olowofela
10 George Ford (vc)
9 Ben Youngs
1 Ellis Genge
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Tomás Lavanini
5 Calum Green
6 Harry Wells
7 Tommy Reffell
8 Jordan Taufua
16 Jake Kerr
17 Nephi Leatigaga
18 Joe Heyes
19 Hanro Liebenberg
20 Luke Wallace
21 Thom Smith
22 Ben White
23 Zack Henry
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tom O’Flaherty, 13 Henry Slade,12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds (c), 9 Jack Maunder; 1 Alec Hepburn,2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Harry Williams, 4 Jonny Gray, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 8 Sam Simmonds
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Don Armand, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Ian Whitten