Saracens - Prem Rugby Cup Preview: Leicester Tigers (H)

Oct 26, 2018

Prem Rugby Cup Preview: Leicester Tigers (H)


LEICESTER TIGERS

FACTFILE
Formed: 
1880
Website: leicestertigers.com
Twitter: @LeicesterTigers
Ground: Welford Road
Capacity: 25,849

Honours:
Premiership – 1988, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
European Cup – 2001, 2002
Anglo-Welsh Cup – 1979, 1980, 1981, 1993, 1997, 2007, 2012, 2017
Leicestershire County Cup – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1994, 1996, 2008
A League – 1997, 2007, 2009

Last season:
Premiership: 5th
European Champions Cup: Pool Stage
Anglo-Welsh Cup: Pool Stage
Premiership Top Scorer: Jonny May (9)

ABOUT THE TIGERS

Leicester have a good record in the old Anglo-Welsh Cup, winning the competition eight times. The Tigers first lifted the trophy in 1979 and were crowned champions three times in 10 years between 2007 and 2017. They saw off Saracens in the semi-final of the latter, going on to defeat Exeter Chiefs in a closely contested final. Last season proved more difficult for the East Midlands club; they won just two of their pool stage matches and finished third in pool 4, ending their reign as title holders at the first hurdle.

MEET THE RUGBY CUP COACH – BRETT DEACON

Deacon has been given the lead responsibility for Leicester’s Premiership Rugby Cup campaign. The former Tigers back rower is the defence coach in the club’s backroom team working with the first team under Geordan Murphy and steps up to the role for three weeks before returning to Gallagher Premiership action. Deacon came through the academy ranks at Leicester, making his senior debut in 2003. After seven years at Welford Road, he left for Gloucester but found himself back in a Tigers jersey two seasons later. In December 2013, Deacon was forced to retire due to a diagnosis of lupus, an autoimmune disease which in his case led to potentially life-threatening blood clots; he was immediately placed on blood thinners. The 36-year-old remained with Tigers to take a coaching role in the academy before being promoted to a first team position.

ONE TO WATCH – JORDAN OLOWOFELA

Leicester academy graduate Olowofela earned England honours at under-16 level and made his first senior appearance for Tigers as part of the squad in the Premiership Sevens in 2015. Together with twin brother Ryan, the 20-year-old joined the Tigers academy from Lincoln Minster School and played senior rugby with Loughborough Students as well as making his ‘A’ League breakthrough in 2017/18. A senior debut followed in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November 2017 where the winger claimed a first try in a Cup win over Cardiff Blues at Welford Road before showing impressive form with England Under-20s in the Six Nations. He was one of the stand-out players in the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship in France where he scored two tries in the opening win over Argentina and added another in the final defeat by France.

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