4 to watch – Leicester Tigers

9 March 2012

On Friday 9th March, Bath Rugby take on Leicester Tigers in the LV=Cup semi-final, kick off 7:30pm.  There are still a few tickets remaining so call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865 to make sure you are at the Rec to experience one of the great rivalries in rugby.

Here is a quick introduction to Friday's opponents.

Ground – Welford Road (24,000)

Founded - 1880

Club Captain – Geordan Murphy

Coach – Richard Cockerill

Mascot - Lester

Interesting fact - Leicester wore their famous scarlet, green and white colours for the first time in a vertical stripe formation in 1891.  They switched to the now traditional hoops in 1895.


George Ford

Fly-half George Ford has earned a nomination for the LV= Breakthrough Award following his performances for Tigers in this season's LV= Cup. England Under-20s captain and IRB Junior Player of the Year, Ford is on a six-man shortlist for the award, which will be announced on Tuesday.

Ford, who turns 19 next week, was the youngest-ever professional player when he emerged from the Tigers Academy ranks to make his senior debut in this competition against Leeds Carnegie in November 2009 – lining up in direction opposition to older brother Joe.

He has since gained Premiership and European experience with Leicester, scoring his first try in January's Heineken Cup win over Aironi Rugby.

Steve Mafi

A man-of-the-match performance, including an important try, on his last outing for Tigers in the Aviva Premiership win over Gloucester Rugby on Sunday, Steve Mafi is proving himself an important member of the Leicester pack.

A versatile forward, Mafi is equally at home in the second and back rows, offering lineout and ball carrying options. Still only 22, he has been capped three times by Tonga and was a surprise omission from their World Cup squad.

His grandfather, Sione Mafi, was the captain of the Tonga team which famously beat Australia at Ballymore in 1973.

Graham Kitchener

Graham Kitchener is combining studying full-time for a sociology degree with playing in the second row for Tigers. A promotion winner with Worcester Warriors and Churchill Cup victor with England Saxons at the end of last season, he moved to Welford Road in the summer, making his Tigers debut as a second-half replacement in September's trip to London Wasps.

A sporting all-rounder who concentrated on rugby after success in football, cricket and athletics, Kitchener gained England representatives honours at under-16, 18 and 20 levels before two seasons with the Saxons. He also played for the senior side against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2011.

George Chuter

George Chuter holds the all-time appearance record in Premiership rugby and is still going strong after 245 top-flight games.

The England international hooker, who has played in 267 games for Leicester Tigers, is two league appearances ahead of Hugh Vyvyan of Saracens and 18 in front of Bath's Duncan Bell.

Chuter, 35, has played in five championship-winning squads with Tigers, he has been capped 24 times by England, including in the 2007 World Cup Final, and his programme column is a must-read for fans on matchdays at Welford Road.


Tickets are still available for our LV=Semi-final against Leicester Tigers this Friday 9th March, 7:30pm kick off.  Call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865 to buy yours today.

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