Morgan hopeful of recovery

Ben Morgan, the England No. 8, is in quite high spirits about his fitness issues as he looks set to recover from an injury that ended his season in time to keep his dream of representing England in the Rugby Six Nations alive.

Capped 27 times by the England team, Morgan has not played a competitive match since suffering a horrendous looking broken leg while playing for Leicester Rugby against Saracens FC in the Aviva Premiership in January.

However, the recent signs have been encouraging enough and Morgan is on track to return and could also play some part in the warm up matches ahead of the tournament if he is selected in the final squad before the tournament proper kicks off at the start of February. A few tickets are still available for the home England matches – click this link if you’re interested in seeing them play at Twickers.

Morgan last played for his country in the Autumn Internationals during England’s 26-17 win against Australia where he score a brace but the injury meant that he was ruled out for the entirety of the 2015 Six Nations Championship, and only just recovered in time to feature in the World Cup.

It has been made more or less clear that Ben Morgan still features heavily in the plans of England boss Eddie Jones and if fit, will be pushing for a starting role in the tournament. The Leicester man underwent a final surgery on his leg recently and the signs look good for him.

He said that he has found this time on the sidelines very difficult, but he remains positive and is using this experience to make himself a better player when he comes back from the injury. However, he did admit that he will be at a disadvantage having not played any competitive rugby for some time but when push comes to shove, he will show that he means business if he is selected.

Injury strikes again as Bowden ruled out

It seems that the injury curse for the reigning Aviva Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers is showing no sign of letting up after Dan Bowden was forced to have his appendix removed while he was enjoying some time off in New Zealand.

The 27 year old has been in sparkling form for the reigning champions this season and was the standout performer for the club in wins against the Newcastle Falcons as well as the London Irish. But he will now have to be sidelined for the next two to three games after the surgery and will also not be able to return to England as he has been advised ten days’ rest and asked not to fly.
In a season which has seen Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the club juggle with one of the biggest injury crises the club has ever known, this latest news doesn’t surprise him that much and he doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at his plight.

The Leicester Tigers boss stated that he had a new baby and went off to New Zealand for his sister’s wedding and to show off his newborn and there he got a tummy ache and he has not seen him since.

Cockerill stated that he has been to hospital and has the appendix taken out but has been advised not to fly for at least ten days which means he will have to sit out for the next fortnight of the Leicester Tigers game at least.
The Tigers boss also mentioned that even when his players are not playing, there is still something wrong with them and knowing Dan Bowden, he could bring back the appendix back in a jar just to show off.

Cockerill however, stated that Manu Tuilagi and Ant Allen will be back for the club.

Tigers suffer another injury blow

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and the reigning champions the Leicester Tigers have not been having the best of times over the last few months on the injury front and things haven’t been any better with the turn of the year as well.

The club has now been hit with yet another massive injury blow with Dan Bowden sidelined for up to twelve weeks. Bowden has suffered a number of fractures on his cheekbones as well as eye socket and is expected to sit on the sidelines till the end of February.

According to reports, end February is the earliest he can return to training let alone playing in a competitive game. The Tigers have suffered several injury blow throughout the season and has been fielding a depleted side almost every time but the Leicester Tigers will have the luxury to call on the services of Anthony Allen, who has been passed fit to return to action.

Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the club stated that the injury to Bowden is a severe blow for the club at a crucial time of the season for the club but he is also happy to see Allen back in action that had been out for the last three months. Allen was suffering from compartment syndrome and has now finally been given the green light to return to the first team fold.

According to the Leicester Tigers boss, he is bitterly disappointed both for the player as well as the club because he was in scintillating form. He added that the bad luck is just not showing any signs of receding.

But he is also pleased with the return of Allen, adding that sometimes, that is how things shape up as one can lose something and get back something else.

Parling out with shoulder injury

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and the reigning champions the Leicester Tigers have been dealt a huge blow with news emerging that lock Geoff Parling will be out of action for quite some time due to an injury on his damaged shoulder.

The club has already been hit by several injury blows in the last few weeks and the news of this latest injury for one of the mainstay of their team will, no doubt, emerge as a huge problem for the Premiership holders. Parling damaged his shoulder while on duty for the national team against New Zealand a week back and with the surgery being done, it is expected that the British and Irish Lions player might miss England’s Six Nations campaign as well.

According to the doctors at the club and those with the national team that assessed the player after the surgery, the Leicester Tigers lock will be out of action for at least the next three months, and this will be a huge blow to the plans of England boss Stuart Lancaster ahead of the Six Nations.

The Tigers are already without the services of Manu Tuilagi, Ed Slater, Mat Tait, Tom Croft and Ant Allen and with this latest injury crisis, they are in severe danger of going their fourth successive match in the Aviva Premiership without a win for the first time in the last ten years.

The Leicester Tigers host the London Irish this weekend and following back to back defeats against Harlequins FC and the London Wasps and a draw against the Northampton Saints, the Tigers are in dire need of a win with their last victory coming in September.

However, Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby at the club stated that the injuries are obviously an issue but it isn’t an excuse as well.

Home talent key to Leicester Tigers success

Sam Harrison, the scrum half for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and the defending champions the Leicester Tigers, believes that the club’s strong core of home grown talent will be influential as the club hunts for more success in the future.

The 23 year old is among one of those players that came through the club’s famed academy and is a player who was born and brought up in the county and Harrison definitely knows what he is talking about.

But there are plenty of other players who were not born in Leicestershire coming through the club’s academy, The Tigers are lucky to be blessed with a whole host of quality players who hold a special affinity to the Welford Road club. Harrison made 21 appearances for the club last term as they marched onto the title and hopes his association with the Leicester Tigers will continue for years to come after putting pen to paper on a new contract at the end of the season.

He stated that he is thankful that he has never had to be in a situation where he has had to think about switching to another club. He went on to add that he has always enjoyed how he has been treated at the club and moreover, it is his home club and playing the game he loves for his hometown club adds to his enjoyment even more.

He added that it means a lot to him to be able to play for the club he supported as a child and the feeling hasn’t changed in spite of playing for the club for the past few seasons now. He mentioned that it is a feeling of pride the local players feel playing for the Leicester Tigers and it inspires them to give a lot more to the cause.

Tigers at full strength

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club and record winners of the title the Leicester Tigers will be going into the final of this season’s edition, looking to secure their ninth Premiership title with virtually their full strength squad.

According to Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the club, the club’s two recent injury scares, lock forward Ed Slater and winger Adam Thompstone are looking very good and have a very good chance of being fully fit for the local derby in the final against heated rivals the Northampton Saints.

And if these two are indeed passed fit, only loose head prop Marcos Ayerza will be sitting out of the final with a collar bone injury and when the two sides take to the pitch on Saturday, the fans of The Tigers will know it will be their strongest XV that will exit the tunnel at Twickenham Stoop. The Leicester Tigers boss Cockerill will have a huge selection headache ahead of the final but he will also be happy to know that he will have almost his full squad to choose from, expect Ayerza and Louis Deacon, who will be missing his third consecutive final with a shoulder injury.

According to Cockerill, who spoke to the media, Thompstone has a high possibility of playing in the final and Slater’s triceps are also on the mend. He further mentioned that Slater trained last week and has had no reaction and should be okay to play in the final.

Cockerill mentioned that with almost all the players fit, it gives the Leicester Tigers two or three options for a position and quite a few headaches as well. But for a Director of Rugby, these headaches are always welcome and it gives them a lot of options to change things during a game.

Leicester Tigers

The Leicester Tigers, officially known as the Leicester Football Club is a professional rugby football union club from England that currently plays in the Aviva Premiership, the top tier of English professional rugby, the Anglo Welsh Cup as well as the Heineken Cup where the team has been a regular over the past few years.

Formed in 1880, The Tigers is also one of the oldest clubs still playing in the top flight of English professional rugby. Under the tutelage of Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the club, the Leicester Tigers is considered to be one of the perennial contenders for the English league title in every season and is one of the most star studded sides.

The club is the most successful English rugby club since the league format was introduced in the country in 1987, winning the Premiership a record nine times since then – three more titles than their nearest rivals Bath Rugby and the London Wasps.

The Tigers have also appeared in the playoff finals of the Premiership a record eight successive times since 2005. The team, that plays its home games at Welford Road, has never finished lower than sixth in the Premiership and is also one of only four clubs that has never been relegated from the top tier of English professional rugby.

Another unique feat about the Leicester Tigers is that they have played in each and every season of the European Cup or the Heineken Cup in every season that English clubs have been a part of the tournament.

The Tigers have won the Heineken Cup twice in 2001 and 2002 and lost in the finals three times in 1997, 2007 and 2009. The Tigers contest the East Midlands Derby with the Northampton Saints, one of the biggest domestic derbies in English professional rugby.

Leicester Tigers sign Scarlets’ fly half Williams

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers have completed a deal to bring talented flay half Owen Williams from the Welsh side Scarlets to Welford Road at the end of the season continuing their spree of signing young players with high potential.

The 21 year old, who has made seven first team appearances for the Welsh club this season, is in the final year of his development contract with the club and with his parent club not opening negotiations over a professional contract, he was free to move anywhere and he has chosen Welford Road.

Simon Easterby, the coach of the Scarlets stated that he was extremely disappointed at the manner in which the move took place and has left him surprised to say the least. He stated that the move came about without any prior warning or even discussion with the club. Williams becomes the second fly half that the Leicester Tigers have signed ahead of the new season of the Aviva Premiership after completing the signing of Ryan Lamb from their fellow Aviva Premiership rivals the Northampton Saints just last month.

And the youngster will join a field of extremely high quality fly halves of international caliber at the Welford Road club with the likes of Dan Bowden, Toby Flood as well as Lamb already there. The youngster who was born in Neath has been extremely impressive in his role as fly half for the Scarlets in the absence of their regular fly half.

And although his move to the Leicester Tigers has left a bad taste in the mouth of the Scarlets, Easterby stated that he will give the youngster all his best wishes before he finally makes his move to England and is hopeful the youngster will make a name for himself there too.

Tigers to face Toulon

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers recorded their own bit of history after winning a pulsating and absorbing game against French power houses Toulouse 9-5 over the weekend.

With the win, the record Premiership champions booked themselves a place in the quarter finals of the prestigious Heineken Cup where they will take on big spending French super powers Toulon away from home when the tournament resumes in April. Toby Flood scored three penalties which was enough for the home team to knock the record four time winners of the competition out from the group stages.

The occasion was just mesmeric as a packed Welford Road was witness to one of the greatest triumphs in the history of the club in sub zero temperatures as the snow continued to fall throughout the match. And Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the Leicester Tigers was extremely pleased and heaped praise on his wards for coming away with the brilliant win. According to Cockerill, people still talk about the match in which The Tigers overcame the odds to beat Toulouse at Welford Road back in 1997, adding that hopefully in 15 years’ time, people will be talking about their latest triumph as well.

He went on to state that all he can do was praise the players, who deserve every bit of the credit they get – it was all their hard work paying off and they just created their own little bit of history for the record Premiership champions.

Speaking about their next opponents, Cockerill stated that the Leicester Tigers would have preferred a home tie against them but the nature of their pool meant that just qualifying for the quarter finals was difficult, let alone fighting to finish at the top of the standings to stage a home game.

Anthony Allen back for Leicester Tigers

Anthony Allen will be making his return to the Leicester Tigers lineup ahead of the team’s crucial encounter against Italian giants Treviso in the Heineken Cup in Italy on Saturday.

The centre missed his side’s 33-25 victory over the heavyweight Italian side after he was stretchered off following an extremely harsh challenge by Matt Banahan of Bath Rugby in their 17-12 victory in an Aviva Premiership encounter on the 1st of December and had not trained for sometime before returning to training in midweek for the record Premiership champions.

Allen will partner England international Manu Tuilagi at the centre of the park in order to shore up a fragile defense for the side as they hope to shut Treviso off, in a situation where the match has become a must win encounter for the Leicester Tigers as they look to maintain their pressure on the pool leading French side Toulouse. Dan Bowden, who started the match against the Italian side last weekend in place of Allen has been named in the squad for The Tigers for this weekend’s match.

The side will have further changes in the back as Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill wants to play both Adam Thompstone and Niall Morris on the two wings for the match while England international prop Dan Cole will be handed his first start since he returned to the side after playing in the autumn internationals for Stuart Lancaster’s men.

Louis Deacon, who has been passed fit to play in the match, will return to the second row having been forced to sit out of last weekend’s match at Welford Road. He will take his place alongside Geoff Parling who will again lead the side for the match as the Leicester Tigers look to seal off a historic win for the team.