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Ben Kay joins Leicester Tigers board of directors

Leicester Tigers have announced England World Cup winner Ben Kay's appointment to the club's board of directors.

Ben Kay made 281 appearances for the Tigers Credit: PA

Former second-row forward Kay made 281 appearances for the Tigers between 1999 and his retirement four years ago, winning six league titles and back-to-back Heineken Cups.

And during a 62-cap England career he played in two World Cup finals, highlighted by the 2003 extra-time triumph against Australia in Sydney. Kay also made two Test appearances for the 2005 British and Irish Lions.

Leicester executive chairman, Peter Tom, said: "Ben brings with him the experience of more than 10 years as a Leicester player and as a rugby international.

"He has a deep knowledge of the professional game, and we look forward to his contribution as a Leicester director."

FT: Bath 45 - 0 Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Bath, losing 45 - 0 in the Aviva Premiership.

Both sides were unbeaten going into the match, but it was Bath who emerged the clear winners, against a Tigers side who were without centres Manu Tuilagi and Anthony Allen. The pair were injured in the build-up to the match.

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Ed Slater named Leicester Tigers' club captain

Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Ed Slater will be Leicester Tigers' club captain for the 2014/15 season.

Slater made his debut with the Tigers four years ago after returning from Australia.

He is fast approaching 100 first team appearances for the club.

He succeeds Toby Flood.

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."

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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."

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"

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Tigers and Saints square-up for Premiership semi-final

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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