Restoring pride will be the focus for Ben Youngs as Leicester clash with Glasgow again
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Restoring pride is the priority for Ben Youngs and Leicester Tigers as they complete their disappointing European Champions Cup campaign.
The scrum-half is expected to be named in England's Six Nations squad today but has Saturday night's home clash with Glasgow (5.30pm) to contend with before heading off on international duty.
It has been a difficult time for the Norfolk star with his club recently, with long-serving director of rugby Richard Cockerill dismissed due to poor form.
That included heavy defeats at Munster and Glasgow which has seen last season's Champions Cup semi-finalists knocked out before playing their final pool match against Warriors. That follows a 34-3 loss at Racing last weekend, with head coach Aaron Mauger now in interim charge, and Youngs says Tigers are fired up to avenge their 42-13 loss in Glasgow in October.
'This week is all about getting that pride back, getting that performance back,' the former Holt and North Walsham junior said.
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'In the second half against Wasps (a 22-16 away Premiership loss the previous weekend) we got our best foot forward in terms of our attack and how we want to play and then we let ourselves down at the weekend.
'So the focus will be all about our performance and restoring some pride, which was certainly dented by our performance at the weekend.'
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Cockerill left at the start of the year, having played for the club, been a coach since 2004 and been in charge since 2009.
'The responsibility now has landed on the leadership group in terms of Cockers going, with Mage (Mauger) coming in' Youngs continued. 'He's a great coach and a great guy and the dynamics have changed slightly and moved things about a little bit. Brett Deacon has come up from being an academy coach to our defence coach so there's a few changes and the squad are adapting to that.
'So there's a big emphasis on our leadership group to really take the reins during this transitional period, to hold court and try and make sure it's as smooth and as quick as possible.'
The 27-year-old was sad to see Cockerill leave though, having played the majority of his club rugby under the former England hooker's leadership, winning the Premiership in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
'Cockers had been here eight or nine years and longer as a player, so it's always sad when you see people go,' he added.
'For me, he gave me my first shot and I had success under him in terms of winning trophies so I've got good memories. However, I think it's exciting times for the club it's a job that I'm sure will be sought-after and for me it's now about the next chapter for Leicester.'