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Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Iain » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:19 am

http://www.leicestertigers.com/news/249 ... 4yQgo7F-So

Congratulations Tom!

Bit out of the blue though. I guess it gives Ed the chance to focus on his fitness, and with the competition we have in the second row he's less likely to be guaranteed a spot, whereas Tom is far more likely to start more often, especially since he seems to be out of the picture with England.

I'm sure he'll make an outstanding club captain.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by ellis9 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:37 am

I think it also suggests that Slater won't be starting as many games as he usually would when fully fit which I think probably is correct.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Spicer » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:24 am

Pretty surprised honestly. I know Ed didn't have a great season, but if I were to pick the team he would be the first choice lock.
Another source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/36824336

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Noddy555 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:53 am

Excellent choice always guaranteed to be a starter when fit, he has shown an incisive knowledge of the game whether in attacking or defensive modes, although he will have to perform well as he is following onto another great club captain in ED Slater, who unfortunately cannot be a guaranteed starter next season.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Iain » Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:17 pm

Spicer wrote:Pretty surprised honestly. I know Ed didn't have a great season, but if I were to pick the team he would be the first choice lock.
Another source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/36824336
But in a world where he is also competing with Barrow, Kitchener and Fitzgerald, I see the logic in Slater not being captain - he's not a guaranteed starter whereas your captain ought to be as much as possible.

And to nip the follow up to this in the bud, Youngs will be first choice ahead of Thacker. He's just the better option of the two.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by mol2 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:10 pm

Youngs is a regular starter when fit.

Slater hasn't played enough since his knee injury to suggest he is a definite starter. Will he ever regain full fitness, some don't after a knee reconstruction? Also there would seem to be a lot of competition for the second row.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by tigerburnie » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:07 pm

Great news for both Tom and the club, I don't see Ed as not starting as anything to do with it, just now we don't know who will start, sure Ed will be in the mix and assisting with running the team.
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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by WhitecapTiger » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:56 pm

Iain wrote:And to nip the follow up to this in the bud, Youngs will be first choice ahead of Thacker. He's just the better option of the two.
Would expect George McGuigan to also have a say in things.

Does 'Club' Captain automatically mean 'Team' Captain on match day?

I've no objection to it being OTY, if nothing else it's good signs that he's recovered from a back injury that surely had some concern for his playing future at one point or another.
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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by physiodan » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:04 am

Well done Tom.

All this talk about Tom being picked over Ed is rubbish. May be Ed stepped down to concentrate on his game after not having much game time last season.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by ellis9 » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:52 am

No I really think Slater has been replaced due the fact that, as harsh as this might sound, we have better second row options than Slater so he won't play as many games.

Slater is a good player but Williams, Kitchener and Barrow are better.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Will S » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:43 am

OTY is a senior player who is now unlikely to spend long spells away on international duty. After being dropped by England it may be a good way to show him his club still appreciate him!

With lots of new players at the club over the past year or so it is valuable to have a guy leading that shows week in and week out that nothing short of 100% commitment is acceptable.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Bowden Tiger » Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:20 am

I saw him yesterday, and he looked like he was in good condition, with no extra weight. He will gain match day fitness quite quickly, I believe.
As regards his England spot, EJ will not ignore him if he plays well, and on good form he will have a shout with the Lions Selection also.

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by Brianf » Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:25 pm

The good news is that Ed Slater will be fit for the start of the season...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/36912982

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Re: Tom Youngs named new club captain

Post by dunks43 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 10:05 pm

Slates is saying, he's stepped down so he can concentrate on getting back to fitness and playing first and foremost

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