Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs has been named the Premiership player of the season.

The 26-year-old England star only recently switched from centre to No.2, but has reaped the rewards to become first choice for both club and country.

Youngs, whose broth Ben is scrum-half for both the Tigers and England, has also been rewarded with a place in the British & Irish Lions for their tour of Australia this summer.

"His story is extraordinary. To move from the centre to hooker is practically unheard of in professional rugby. To then go on to make your England debut and a Lions tour the following season is what dreams are made of,” said Phil Winstanley, the rugby director at Premiership Rugby.

"I am sure that he will be the first to tell you that this award is also a tribute to the coaching staff at Leicester Tigers, who have helped him every step of the way.

"He wouldn't be on the Lions tour and have become England's first-choice hooker without their patience, dedication and expertise and it is such a positive endorsement of the Leicester Tigers academy system which has produced Tom and five of his team-mates for this year's Lions tour."

Wasps second row Joe Launchbury was named the Discovery of the season, whilst teammates Tom Varndell and Christian Wade finished the campaign as equal top try scorers with 13 apiece.

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns won the ‘Golden Boot’ with his haul of 240 points, whilst Saracens’ Mark McCall was named Director of rugby of the season.

The awards ceremony took place ahead of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership semi-finals, with Leicester hosting Harlequins on Saturday before Saracens meet Saints the following day. The final takes place at Twickenham on May 25th.

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