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Tigers' Goneva crowned 2014 players' player of the year

Leicester Tigers' Vereniki Goneva has been crowned the 2014 players' player of the year at tonight's Rugby Players Association awards dinner.

Goneva scored 12 tries in his first season at Welford Road. The winger recently signed a new two-year contract with the Tigers.

Leicester Tigers' Vereniki Goneva Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Goneva, said:

"This means a lot and I'm really very happy. It's an honour to win this award because a lot of players have done very well this season."

"To be voted by other players is something very special. A lot of players fight for this award so to be recognised like this is great."

Saints avenge losing to Tigers in last year's final

The coach of Northampton Saints Jim Mallinder has described last night's victory in the Aviva Premiership Semi-Final as 'absolutely tremendous', especially as his side lost to Tigers in last year's final.

He Said:

"We've played Leicester numerous times since I've been here, we've won a couple but not recently and I think to win such a big game like that the semi final of the Aviva Premiership in front of our home fans was absolutely tremendous."

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Tigers coach disappointed at Saints semi-final defeat

Speaking after defeat in the Aviva Premiership Semi-Final to Northampton Saints, Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill said:

"We gave everything, it's been tough year, we were close to winning we could've won it if we'd managed the game a bit better at times and our discipline had been a bit sharper but Saints are a good side, they played well, they took their opportunities and that's life"

Tigers and Saints square-up for Premiership semi-final

by James Clark

It is not just local pride and the bragging rights that are at stake tonight, but also a place in the Premiership Final, as rivals Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints square-up.

The Tigers welcome back six internationals for their trip to Franklin's Garden, including Niki Goneva.

Meanwhile, George Pisi and Samu Manoa will be among those re-joining the starting 15 for Saints.

Northampton will be hoping for revenge after Leicester beat them in the final last year, so tonight's match has all the ingredients for a cracker.

Richard Cockerill, Director of Rugby at Leicester Tigers, and player, Tom Croft, have been looking ahead to the encounter.

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Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter retires

George Chuter, Leicester Tigers
George Chuter, Leicester Tigers Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter has announced he is retiring for professional rugby with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old was the first man to make 250 appearances in Premiership Rugby and was a Rugby World Cup finalist with England in 2007.

Chuter has been part of a Leicester squad which reached four European Cup Finals and has played seven Premiership Finals at Twickenham, a record he shares with former Tigers club captain Geordan Murphy.

He has played 292 first-team games in 13 seasons with Leicester Tigers.

"I’ve not really been able to sit back and reflect until now,” said the 37-year-old Chuter.

"To play nearly 300 games for Leicester and 100 for Saracens before that, plus 40 for England at various levels, gives me great pride."

Leicester Tigers legend to run London Marathon

Lewis Moody will run the London Marathon on Sunday Credit: Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers star Lewis Moody is running the London Marathon this Sunday in aid of Crohn's and Colitis UK.

Moody made 223 appearances during his career at Welford Road and is now an ambassador for the charity.

Lewis said running the London marathon was something he always wanted to do:

"I am incredibly proud to be running in aid of such a great charity, which is very close to my heart as I am an Ulcerative Colitis sufferer".

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