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Leicester Tigers players back farming campaign

Leicester Tigers players Tom and Ben Youngs will today sign the NFU's Back British Farming Charter to support the national farming organisation's latest campaign.

England's Tom and Ben Youngs Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Launched in August, the campaign highlights the decline in the country's self-sufficiency, with research showing that nearly 80% of consumers want to see more British produce on sale.

The England international players, who are both farmer's sons, will join members of the NFU and local farm shop owners to sign the charter today.

Cameron: Tigers star's bunny ears prank 'a bit of fun'

David Cameron has responded to the apology by British and Irish Lions player Manu Tuilagi after making bunny ears behind the Prime Minister's head at a Number 10 reception yesterday. The Leicester Tigers player issued an apology on twitter and the Prime Minister responded:

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Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us.

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.@manutuilagi it was great to welcome you and the @lionsofficial team to No10. No need to apologise, I know it was just a bit of fun.

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Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi visits his old school

Leicester Tigers legend Manu Tuilagi will visit his old school today to launch this year's School's Cup.

The England rugby star first played at Twickenham in 2009 for John Cleveland College and won the U18 Schools Cup Vase.

Manu Tuilagi celebrates in the British and Irish Lions Tour third test Credit: Paul Miller/AAP/Press Association Images

Today's visit will be his first since he became a Lion.

He will meet sixth formers and teachers, and partake in a training session with U15 and U18s.

Leicester Tigers flanker Croft to miss rest of the season

Croft, 27, has won 38 caps and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicester Tigers flanker Tom Croft has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

The England international has undergone surgery after suffering an injury during Tigers' Aviva Premiership win over Worcester Warriors last weekend.

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Charity cricket match for Leicester Tigers players

A fun day at Leicestershire's Grace Road Ground will see sporting stars pitch against each other in a game of charity cricket today.

Leicester Tigers players including Manu Tuilagi will play against retired Leicestershire cricketer Paul Nixon and former Leicester city player Matt Elliott.

Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi will play at the charity match today Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The game aims to raise money for the Matt Hampson Trust and Lord's Taverners.

Former rugby player, Matt Hampson severed his spinal chord during a game in 2005, since then he has dedicated his time to raising money for spinal care.

Leicester Tigers captain Toby Flood had been due to take part in the fun day but was injured yesterday in a pre-season match in a collision with Ulster's lock Dan Tuohy.

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Mixed feelings for Leicester Tigers over Cockerill ban

Leicester Tigers have published a response following the amended nine-match ban suspension for the team's director Richard Cockerill.

The team said they were "disappointed" by the Rugby Football Union's conduct in the ban, which included two pre-season friendlies, against Jersey and Ulster, but not the Montpellier pre-season match. The statement said:

We are pleased that the judgement vindicated our decision to appeal and we are grateful to the panel for the consideration that they showed, although we await with interest the written judgement to see why the pre-season game against Montpellier falls into a different category than those against Jersey and Ulster.

We remain disappointed with the RFU's conduct in this matter but, as we have previously stated, this is a matter we shall pursue privately.

The focus now is on the remainder of our pre-season and our preparations for the start of the new season.

Read: Richard Cockerill fails to reduce ban

Richard Cockerill fails to reduce ban

Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby, Richard Cockerill, has failed in his appeal to get his nine game ban reduced.

Richard Cockerill Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

However, the coach has succeeded in bringing the ban forward, so it now begins on 24 August, and will include pre-season matches.

The RFU suspended Cockerill for his behaviour towards the fourth official at the Premiership final in May.

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