Former England and Lions hooker Tom Youngs announces his retirement from rugby with immediate effect


Former England and Lions hooker Tom Youngs announces his retirement from rugby with immediate effect… with Leicester forward now set to continue taking care of his wife who is battling Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Leicester confirmed earlier this season Tom Youngs had taken indefinite leave
  • The club set no date for Youngs to return to action when he took leave in October
  • The all-action front row star retires after making 28 appearances for England 
  • The forward’s wife Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 

Former England and British & Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs has confirmed his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Youngs’ club Leicester confirmed earlier this season the 35-year-old had taken indefinite leave from the Tigers to care for his wife Tiffany who is battling illness.

Youngs’ wife was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2014 and three years later, was told her illness would be terminal. In 2018, she then heard she was in a state of remission.

The front row forward retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

Former England and British & Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs has confirmed his retirement

Youngs took indefinite leave in October to care for his wife Tiffany who is battling illness

Youngs took indefinite leave in October to care for his wife Tiffany who is battling illness

Leicester set no date for Youngs to return to action when he took leave in October last year and it has now been confirmed he has played his last rugby as a professional.

The all-action front row forward retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester and winning 28 caps for England and three for the Lions.

‘I am so grateful to all of the team-mates that have helped me along the way, coaches who have taught me so much, and fans who have been there for me cheering us on,’ Youngs said.

‘I had always planned around this season being my last and I am comfortable with the timing of it now.

The all-action front row forward retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

The all-action front row forward retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

‘I have no regrets and, looking back, am proud of what I have achieved at the only club I ever wanted to play for.’

A Premiership title winner in 2012/13 and Anglo-Welsh Cup winner in 2016/17, Youngs retires in second place on Leicester’s all-time list for appearances as captain with 98.

Only legendary England World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson has led Leicester on more occasions.

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

On his family connection to the club, Tom Youngs added: ‘There has always been a connection to the club with dad playing for Tigers and I have memories from an early age of hearing about what that was like for him and what it meant to him.

Youngs spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben (R) at club and international level

Youngs spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben (R) at club and international level

‘To be able to do what I have done, alongside my brother and after my dad, is just magical. I couldn’t have written it any better.’

The Youngs brothers represented England together at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and also toured Australia with the Lions in 2013.

Tom Youngs said of his career: ‘It was never easy, but I loved that. I think it suited me. I think the person I am and wanted to be was helped by doing it my way.

‘I want to make special mention of all those who I have worked with at Leicester Tigers, led by Chairman Peter Tom who has been a great supporter of me and my family on and off the field.

The Youngs brothers toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions back in 2013

The Youngs brothers toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions back in 2013

‘Most of all, I want to thank my family for all that they have done to help me achieve what I have been able to do throughout my career.

‘My mum, my dad, my brother and all of my extended family, I am so lucky to have them.

‘Finally, to my wife Tiff and daughter Maisie, I am lucky to have you alongside me and would not be where I am without you. Thank you both.’

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