Youngs announces retirement from rugby after period of leave
Former England international and British and Irish Lion Tom Youngs has announced his retirement from rugby.
The hooker had not appeared for Leicester Tigers this season after taking an indefinite period of leave at the start of the campaign to care for his ill wife.
Now, Youngs – the brother of Ben, England's most capped player, and the son of Nick, another ex-international – is calling time on his career.
The 35-year-old appeared 28 times for his country and in three Lions Tests during the 2013 tour of Australia.
"I had always planned around this season being my last and I am comfortable with the timing of it now," Youngs said.
He added: "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."