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Leicester Tigers captain out for up to two months

Ed Slater has suffered medial ligament damage Credit: Mike Egerton / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ed Slater's hopes of being involved in England's RBS 6 Nations campaign have been dashed by a knee injury that has ruled him out for up to two months.

The Leicester captain, who can play in the second and back rows, sustained medial ligament damage when making a tackle during the first half of Saturday's Aviva Premiership defeat at Saracens.

While the Tigers are confident Slater will not need surgery, he will miss at least half of the Six Nations, and given his fringe positioning, the injury will deny him the opportunity to impress new England head coach Eddie Jones.


Leicester Tigers take on Munster in European Champions Cup

Ben Youngs playing for England back in February Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers are aiming to add to two opening European wins this evening as they take on Munster in the European Champions Cup.

Leicester have made seven changes from the Premiership victory over Worcester, including the recall of brothers Ben and Tom youngs.

The Tigers will field a completely different back row from from last weekend, with Bredon O'Connor and Lachlan McCaffrey both being brought in, while captain Ed Slater will move from lock.

Leicester currently top Pool Four after wins over Stade Francais and Treviso.

Kick off is at 19:45 at Thomond Park.

Leicester Tigers seal win over Quins with late try

Leicester Tigers' Laurence Pearce dives in to score the winning try Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Leicester Tigers needed a late try to secure a tense 22-19 win over Harlequins at Welford Road.

Five penalties from the boot of Tommy Bell had left them four points short of Quins, with the score at 15-19 going into the final ten minutes.

But replacement back rower Laurence Pearce crossed the line with nine minutes left to put the Tigers ahead and they held on to secure the win.


Eight Midlands players in England squad for crucial Rugby World Cup clash against Wales

Leicester and England brothers Ben and Tom Youngs are both named Credit: PA

Eight players from Midlands teams have been named in the England side to play Wales in their crucial group stage Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday.

More than a third of the starting fifteen are from teams in the region, with two more on the bench:

  • Tom Youngs (Leicester)
  • Dan Cole (Leicester)
  • Courtney Lawes (Northampton)
  • Tom Wood (Northampton)
  • Ben Youngs (Leicester)
  • Jonny May (Gloucester)
  • Joe Launchbury (Wasps) - Substitute
  • James Haskell (Wasps) - Substitute

England won their opening match against Fiji, claiming a crucial bonus point in the process. Wales currently are top of Pool A on points difference, with England in second.

William Webb Ellis and Martin Johnson feature in Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony Credit: ITV Sport

Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis and Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson featured in tonight's Opening Ceremony for the Rugby World Cup.

Webb Ellis, who is credited with inventing the sport when he picked up the ball and ran with it at Rugby school, was played by an actor.

He scaled a human pyramid of rugby players to rescue the Rugby World Cup Trophy, known as the Webb Ellis Cup, before placing it upon a stand.

An actor plays Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis Credit: ITV Sport

Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson then took to the stage as each country was represented by one of their rugby greats. Johnson, who captained the national side to the trophy in 2003, was representing England.

Martin Johnson represents England at the Opening Ceremony. Credit: ITV Sport
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