Tom Youngs: Former English and British and Irish Lions hooker announces retirement from rugby | Rugby Union News

Tom Youngs has not appeared in any games for Leicester this season after taking indefinite leave for personal reasons before the start of the campaign; Youngs ends his career with 215 appearances for Leicester, as well as 28 Test caps for England and three appearances for the Lions

Last update: 27/04/22 15:00

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs has announced his retirement from professional rugby

Former English and British and Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old striker ends his career with 215 appearances for Leicester, as well as 28 Test caps for England and three appearances for the Lions.

After playing for Leicester in the club’s 2021-22 pre-season fixtures, Youngs has taken indefinite leave from the game to look after his wife Tiffany, who is battling illness and did not play during the campaign in Classes.

“I am so grateful to all the teammates who have helped me along the way, the coaches who have taught me so much and the fans who have been there for me, cheering us on,” Youngs said in a statement on the Leicester website.

Youngs made 28 Test appearances for England

Youngs made 28 Test appearances for England

“I always planned for this season to be my last and I’m comfortable with the timing now.

“I have no regrets and looking back I’m proud of what I achieved at the only club I ever wanted to play for.”

Winner of the Premiership title in the 2012-13 season, Youngs captained the Tigers 98 times. Only former England skipper Martin Johnson has played the role more times.

Youngs is the son of former Leicester scrum-half Nick Youngs and has spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben at club and international level.

“There has always been a connection to the club, with Dad playing for the Tigers, and I have memories from a very young age of hearing what it was like for him and what it meant to him,” said added Youngs.

“Being able to do what I did, alongside my brother and after my dad, is just magical. I couldn’t have written it any better.”

Tom Youngs (right) celebrates the Lions' victory in the 2013 Australia Series with his brother Ben

Tom Youngs (right) celebrates the Lions’ victory in the 2013 Australia Series with his brother Ben

Youngs received his first England cap in a win over Fiji in November 2012 and made his Six Nations debut in 2013 before being selected by the Lions for this summer’s series in Australia, where he played in all three tests.

“Above all, I want to thank my family for all they have done to help me achieve what I have been able to do throughout my career,” Youngs added.

“My mom, dad, brother and all of my extended family, I’m so lucky to have them. Finally, to my wife Tiff and my daughter Maisie, I’m so lucky to have you by my side and I I wouldn’t be where I am without you. Thank you both.

Charles P. Patton