The most iconic clubs in world rugby have a sense of identity: you feel it from the moment you walk through the gate, and you see it in their style and sportsmanship on the pitch. Even their Premiership rivals would admit that Leicester Tigers have that ‘big club’ mentality. Few others combine a famous team culture and legendary players with so much recent European and domestic success. So pick your perfect fixture and check out the Leicester Tigers Tickets at Ticketbis!
Leicester Tigers – a historic club
With their roots deep in the 19th century, Leicester had an illustrious amateur-era record even before the introduction of the English Premiership. The club is steeped in tradition, from their nickname – said to be linked to the Leicestershire Regiment – and their famous lettered rather than numbered shirts, still worn for friendlies. Generations of fans have cheered from the stands at Welford Road – with a capacity of over 25,000, it’s one of the biggest grounds in the country and a formidable fortress for visiting teams.
Countless great players have worn the famous green, scarlet and white stripes. In recent times, Martin Johnson, Graham Rowntree, Neil Back and Rory Underwood have been legendary for club and country. For many, ‘Dusty’ Hare personified the amateur era: a first-class cricketer and an England and British Lions fullback who would arrive for matches straight from the family farm. And how many clubs have a Russian nobleman among their former players? A brilliant and instinctive sportsman, Aleksander Obolensky – ‘the Flying Prince’ – became a rugby legend by scoring both England’s tries against the All Blacks in 1936.
For sheer tension and controversy, Leicester’s 2013 Final win against local rivals Northampton Saints takes some beating. Fractious and bad-tempered at times, it demonstrated the strength of Leicester’s stalwarts, as well as the energy and skill of players like Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi. Described by coach Richard Cockerill as a “rollercoaster”, the game hung in the balance until Tuilagi and Goneva’s tries sealed the win.
Leicester have also tasted success on the European stage. In 2001, they defeated Stade Français at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Tigers edged a thrilling contest 34-30 with a late Leon Lloyd try, created by a brilliant break from Austin Healey. Leicester went on to defend their title the following year.
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