Tom Youngs to captain Leicester Tigers for first time

England's Tom Youngs is interviewed at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire

England's Tom Youngs is interviewed at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Tom Youngs will skipper Leicester Tigers for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

The Norfolk-born hooker has been named as captain for Leicester's clash at Newcastle Falcons (3pm), as he returns from Six Nations duty with England.

Youngs has featured as a replacement for Dylan Hartley in all three of England's matches so far but following last weekend's 19-9 defeat in Ireland, will look to press his claims for a start against Scotland next Saturday.

The 28-year-old is joined by Tom Croft and Geoff Parling in being released by England to start for Tigers, who are sixth but just a point off second in the Premiership.

Youngs' brother, 25-year-old Ben, has started all three of England's matches at scrum-half and is rested this weekend so is unavailable for Leicester.


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Leicester Tigers (v Newcastle Falcons): 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Vereneki Goneva, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison; 1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Tom Youngs (C), 3 Logovi'i Mulipola, 4 Sebastian De Chaves, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Tom Croft, 7 Jamie Gibson, 8 Laurence Pearce. Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Jordan Crane, 20 Julian Salvi, 21 David Mele, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Jack Roberts.

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