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Ben Youngs: Leicester class of 2016 desperate to create history

Published 08/04/2016

Ben Youngs has played for Leicester since 2006
Ben Youngs has played for Leicester since 2006

Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs insists the class of 2016 are desperate to create some history.

The Tigers host Stade Francais in the quarter-finals of the European Cup on Sunday, the first time Welford Road has seen a European last-eight tie since 2007.

Leicester last won the competition in 2002, with a team captained by Martin Johnson and including Neil Back, Ben Kay and Lewis Moody.

There are constant reminders of their past European successes with pictures dotted about Welford Road and Youngs wants his team-mates to make their own memories that rival the previous Tigers achievements.

He said: "Leicester has this reputation of being a huge European club and I think it is and it was in terms of back then when they won back-to-back titles. But this group from the last five to six years hasn't created any history in Europe really.

"We haven't got to the final, so want to create our own history or hold that flag up to be a big European club. To do that you need to reach finals, and ultimately win it.

"I think we are building a squad that will hopefully achieve that. If we don't do it this year I think we still have time the way we are going.

"If I had the choice I would take Europe because it is the hardest one to win. I have seen it first hand - the amount of times we haven't got out of our pool or we have come up short in the quarter-final, how hard it is even to get a home quarter-final.

"I am sure everyone would be the same - that is the one cup that everyone treasures and I am sure everyone wants to win."

The Tigers are fourth in the Aviva Premiership and face fifth-placed Northampton next week as they enter a defining period of their season.

Youngs has already won silverware this season after clinching the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam with England last month and he is looking to add to it with the Tigers.

He said: "You could go through your whole club career and not win anything.

"I have been fortunate enough with this club to have had the opportunity and we have won some bits. Definitely in an England shirt you want to win something.

"In 2011 when we won the Six Nations title it was a very strange feeling so to do it this time was great. To have finally won something and do a Grand Slam - which has not been done very often - was a great feeling and something I am very proud of."

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