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Toby Flood to leave Leicester Tigers at end of season

Leicester Tigers Head Coach Richard Cockerill has confirmed that Fly-Half Toby Flood will leave the club at the end of the season.

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Flood kicking for Leicester Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The news comes as the club announced record season ticket numbers, with almost 15,000 fans pledging their support to the club for the rest of the year.

The Tigers already have more than 7,500 supporters signed up for season tickets next season, and have an all-time high average attendance this year, with more than 21,600 fans at each game on average.

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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

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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Manu Tuilagi relieved to be fit again for Lions

British and Irish Lions' Manu Tuilagi during the training session at AAMI Stadium, Melbourne in Australia. Credit: PA

Leicester Tigers and England star Manu Tuilagi will be fit to play for the British & Irisn Lions in Australia tomorrow.

Tuilagi suffered a shoulder problem during the victory over Queensland Reds 16 days ago, the same game in which Tommy Bowe broke his hand.

The centre says he's relieved the injury has cleared up in time for the tour's final midweek fixture against Melbourne Rebels.

Tuilagi will forge a Lions midfield partnership alongside his England colleague Brad Barritt tomorrow as the tourists look to bounce back from last week's loss against the Brumbies in Canberra.

Midlands women fight for prestigious rugby award

Emily Scarratt.
Emily Scarratt. Credit: ITV Central

The England Women's Rugby Player of the Year will be announced this evening, with all three nominees from the Midlands.

Worcester duo Katherine Merchant and Joanne Watmore are competing with Lichfield's Emily Scarratt for the award.

More than 13,000 women and girls play rugby regularly in England.

England won a record-breaking seventh consecutive 6 Nations crown in 2012 as well as the Grand Slam. They also became the first team in 6 Nations history not to concede a try.

England are ranked number two in the world.

England will participate in two Rugby World Cups over the next two years: the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in 2013 and the XVs Rugby World Cup in France 2014.

For more information visit the Governing Body of Rugby Union in England.

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