Leicester Tigers have confirmed that international front-rowers Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole have agreed new long-term contracts.
The trio have 400 appearances for the club and more than 120 Test caps between them, with Cole and Youngs coming through the Tigers Academy to become key men in the senior team and in international shirts, while Ayerza has been one of the world game’s outstanding props since moving to Welford Road in 2006.
“It is great news for us that Marcos, Tom and Dan have all agreed new contracts with the club,” said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
“They are all genuine world-class players in key positions in the team and they are important parts of the senior core to the squad.”
Youngs, 27, made his Tigers debut as a centre in 2006 but has established himself as a top-class performer since a switch to play at hooker.
Leicester-born Cole, also 27, made his senior debut in 2007 and has shared in three Premiership title wins with Tigers as well as gaining 45 England caps.
They both shared in the successful British & Irish Lions series in Australia in 2013, playing in three Tests.
Ayerza, 31, is approaching his 200th appearance for Leicester since moving from amateur rugby in Argentina during the summer of 2006.
“Tom and Dan know all about the club, coming through the academy here to establish themselves in the first-team squad, and Leicester has been home to Marcos for the last eight years,” added Cockerill.
“They were all very keen to stay and we were very keen to keep them here for the long term, so I’m delighted we have come to an agreement.
“We have a good crop of front-rowers who work well together and they help to get the best out of each other. Marcos, Tom and Dan, with their attitude to training and playing, and their experience at the top levels of the game, play a massive role in that.”