Ben Youngs gets first taste of captaincy as Leicester Tigers beat Edinburgh

Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs. Picture: WILL JOHNSTON

Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs. Picture: WILL JOHNSTON - Credit: Will Johnston

Norfolk rugby star Ben Youngs was handed his first taste of captaincy with Leicester Tigers in an 11-10 friendly win against Edinburgh.

The Aylsham ace saw his scrum-half replacement David Mele seal the win with a last-minute penalty at Melrose RFC in Scotland on Saturday.

Despite having five Premiership finals, 38 England caps and a winning Lions tour on his CV already, it was the 24-year-old's first experience of captaincy at senior level.

'I captained a bit at academy level, but that's it so far,' Youngs told his club's official website. 'It was really nice to lead out the team, even for a pre-season friendly. Cockers (Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill) wants to develop some of the younger lads and I still see myself as one of those.

'I enjoyed the experience and I'm one from one, which is better than (Tom) Crofty! David Mele keeps my record at 100 per cent. I owe him for that one. He puts in his time on his goalkicking and does not get that many chances but he took it today.

'There were moments of really good play and glimpses in the opening 30 minutes of things starting to gel, which is good.'