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There's young and then there's millennial young

Henri Lavin was the youngest member of a young team at Wasps on Sunday
Henri Lavin was the youngest member of a young team at Wasps on Sunday

You may have felt a big jolt at the Ricoh Arena last Sunday. In fact you probably felt two, if truth be told. 

A 50-28 defeat is not swallowed easily, but The Tig felt another almighty blow when checking the teamsheets to find Tigers fielding two players born since the turn of the millennium.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were all fearing the effects of the Millennium Bug that was going to wipe out our laptops and databanks. And here we are, cheering two players who were not even born when the pyrotechnics were being set off to herald the dawn of a new year, a new century and a new millennium simultaneously.

Will Yarnell, already a record-setter in the battle at Bath in round one when he became the first player born in 2000 to pull on a Leicester shirt in a senior competitive fixture, was at it again in Sunday. And he stood up too, providing one of the memorable moments of the season so far with that well-judged chip for Jonah Holmes to score.

On Sunday, Yarnell was not even the baby of the side as he was joined by back-rower Henri Lavin who was born in the summer of 2000.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup is a development tournament and most teams include the most impressive members of their academy system and give them the opportunity to play in the spotlight.

Tigers had a debutant in Cameron Jordan traded a place in the unbeaten Under-18s for a senior run-out, while Yarnell and Lavin would not have been legally able to celebrate in true style even if Tigers had made it through to the last four.

So the Tigers’ defence of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, a tournament which provided some real bright spots in a challenging 2016/17 season, is over. Now it is all about the Aviva Premiership and the next nine games will mean everything to us.