Tom Youngs, the former Leicester Tigers captain, England hooker, and winner of the 2013 British and Irish Lions series, has announced his retirement from rugby.
With his last cap coming at the 2015 World Cup, the 35-year-old played 215 times for the Tigers, 98 of them as captain, 28 times for England, and three times for the Lions.
Youngs finishes his career as Leicester’s second most capped captain, with only Martin Johnson ahead of him.
Tom Youngs stated:
“I had always planned around this season being my last and I am comfortable with the timing of it now,”
“I have no regrets and, looking back, am proud of what I have achieved at the only club I ever wanted to play for.”
He said, looking back on his career.
“It was never easy, But I loved that. I think it suited me, I think the person I am and wanted to be was helped by doing it my way.
“Not just on the pitch, but off it as well, I am so grateful to all of the teammates that have helped me along the way, coaches who have taught me so much and fans who have been there for me, cheering us on.”
“I want to make special mention of all those who I have worked with at Leicester Tigers, led by Chairman Peter Tom, who has been a great supporter of me and my family on and off the field.”
“Most of all, I want to thank my family for all that they have done to help me achieve what I have been able to do throughout my career.”
“My mum, my dad, my brother and all of my extended family, I am so lucky to have them.”