Youngs appointed new Leicester Tigers captain

Tom Youngs is the new Leicester captain.

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Aviva Premiership club Leicester have announced the appointment of England international hooker Tom Youngs as club captain for next season.

Youngs, 29, has made more than 100 first team appearances for the Tigers, in addition to winning 28 England caps and featuring in the British and Irish Lions Test series against Australia three years ago.

"Tom is a Leicester man through and through and has special links with the club, where his father and brother have also played. He is a world-class player who leads by example," Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill told the club's official website.

"Tom is supported by a good strong group of leaders within the squad, including Ed Slater, who has done an excellent job as club captain over the last couple of seasons, and experienced players like Mathew Tait, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs, Owen Williams and Freddie Burns."

Springboks legend to join Saracens

Burger is heading to Saracens.

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South Africa flanker Schalk Burger has agreed to join Aviva Premiership champions Saracens on a two-year deal that expires in 2018.

Burger, a veteran of four World Cups and a winner of the sport's greatest prize in 2007, will arrive at Allianz Park next season upon completion of spells at Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath and Super Rugby province Stormers.

The 32-year-old back row, who was a key player for South Africa during their march to the semi-finals at England 2015, has been capped 86 times and was named world player of the year in 2004.

"I'm delighted to be joining Saracens. I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in both the Premiership and European Cup - two of the leading competitions in world rugby - for such a special club," Burger said.

"It's an exciting challenge for me and my family and hopefully I can add a lot of value on and off the field to an already successful group of players and coaches."