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Norfolk rugby stars helping to establish link between Norwich City and Leicester Tigers

PUBLISHED: 11:28 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:28 12 October 2017

Leicester Tigers players, from left, Will Evans, Tom Youngs, Harry Mahoney, Harry Simmons, George Catchpole and Ben Youngs celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers players, from left, Will Evans, Tom Youngs, Harry Mahoney, Harry Simmons, George Catchpole and Ben Youngs celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers

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The Norfolk roots are already strong at Leicester Tigers and now the Aviva Premiership giants have a link with Norwich City.

Leicester Tigers players, from left, Will Evans, Tom Youngs, Harry Mahoney, Harry Simmons, George Catchpole and Ben Youngs celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers Leicester Tigers players, from left, Will Evans, Tom Youngs, Harry Mahoney, Harry Simmons, George Catchpole and Ben Youngs celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers

Leicester and England stars Ben and Tom Youngs are the headline names at the club, following in the footsteps of their father Nick, who still lives near Aylsham.

They are joined in the first team squad by flanker Will Evans and centre Geroge Catchpole, with the academy packed with Norfolk links as well, including hooker Harry Mahoney and back Harry Simmons.

The Norfolk lads were presented with Canaries shirts by mobile gaming and sports betting website LeoVegas.com, who are City’s shirt sponsor and now also involved with Tigers.

MORE: Norfolk roots are growing ever stronger at the academy of Aviva Premiership giants Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers players, from left, Tom Youngs, Harry Simmons, Ben Youngs and George Catchpole, celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers Leicester Tigers players, from left, Tom Youngs, Harry Simmons, Ben Youngs and George Catchpole, celebrate the Aviva Premiership club's Norfolk lnks by wearing Norwich City shirts, due to both clubs being sponsored by LeoVegas.com. Picture: Leicester Tigers

Scott Clarke, Leicester’s head of community, said: “The Tigers academy has produced some of the world’s best players and this success is built on the strong links we have built with clubs around the UK and abroad.

“Norfolk has a prolific reputation for developing youth rugby through a number of our programmes, which start with our U10s Prima Tiger Cup competition, youth rugby camps at local clubs as well as our far-reaching scouting network.

“By having an association with one of the region’s most successful football teams through our top players from Norfolk, we hope to continue to drive rugby development across the region.”

MORE: Leicester Tigers star Ben Youngs speaks of his admiration for older brother Tom’s strength of character

Tigers regularly host rugby camps and grassroots tournaments across the county as well as attending the Royal Norfolk Show. For more about Tigers’ work in Norfolk, go to leicestertigers.com/community

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