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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.

RFU publishes judgement on Richard Cockerill's ban

The Rugy Football Union has published its judgement on Leicester Tigers' manager Richard Cockerill's ban.

The judgement said that at first there was "nothing untoward" but in the second occasion Cockerill's behaviour was regarded as "obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional".

It said his words could have been "construed as intimidation" as well as listing "various threats to instruct his players at half time to 'smash'" the opposing team. It said:

Essentially, what Mr. Cockerill was saying was that if the Match Officials did not change the way they controlled the game, he would intimate to the Leicester Tigers players at half time that they should employ illegitimate violence as a tactic in the second half.'

Mr. Cockerill approached Mr. Terheege again. He said he did not recall precisely what he was saying but he was talking at him in a much forthright manner and was using extensive foul and inappropriate language. The exchange was littered with him using the words “f” and “f**g”.

Read: Leicester Tigers: Richard Cockerill in nine match ban

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Tigers face Warriors at home for first game of season

Aviva Premiership champions Leicester Tigers will kick start the season's fixtures with a home game against Worcester Warriors.

The Tigers picked up their tenth Aviva Premiership title in May against Northampton Saints with a 37-17 win at Twickenham.

Pictures: Leicester Tigers celebrate win over East Midland rivals

Leicester Tigers' players celebrate with the Aviva Premiership trophy Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

"Every year the anticipation over the new fixtures grows and looking at the 2013-14 season it is clear we have huge matches every weekend," said Phil Winstanley the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.

"We've had three different Aviva Premiership champions in the last three years and last May we had a new club (Northampton Saints) in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final."

Click here to see a full list of Aviva Premiership fixtures.

Tigers 'extremely disappointed' with RFU's handling of Cockerill ban

Richard Cockerill, Director of Rugby at Leicester Tigers Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers have strongly criticised the Rugby Football Union over its handling of Richard Cockerill's ban.

Cockerill, Director of Rugby, was banned for nine matches for his conduct towards fourth official Stuart Terheege during Leicester's Aviva Premiership final victory over Northampton.

Leicester will wait to receive a copy of the full written judgement before deciding whether to appeal the verdict but they are angry with the RFU's role in the case.

A club statement said: "There are elements of the way in which they have conducted this case which, in our opinion, calls into question the new disciplinary structure and we will be taking this up with the RFU at the earliest opportunity."

Leicester Tigers: Richard Cockerill in nine match ban

Cockerill pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing
Cockerill pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has been given a nine match suspension by the Rugby Football Union over his conduct in the Premiership final.

He was found guilty of using obscene, inappropriate and/or unprofessional language and behaviour towards fourth official Stuart Terheege.

Leicester beat 14-man Northampton Saints 37-17 to win a record 10th English title.

Cockerill had pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing.

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