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Wasps hoping for record turnout in first game at Ricoh

Wasps in training at the Ricoh Arena earlier this week Credit: ITV News Central

Wasps are hoping to break the attendance record for a regular Premiership Rugby fixture as they prepare to play their first home game at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

More than 27,000 people are expected for Sunday's game against London Irish.

Ex-Tigers player Castrogiovanni in misconduct hearing

Martin Castrogiovanni in the days when he played for Leicester Tigers Credit: PA

An independent committee will hear a misconduct complaint filed by Leicester Tigers against former player Martin Castrogiovanni.

The prop, who now plays for French side Toulon, is alleged to have made disparaging comments to the media following their Champions Cup defeat to Tigers earlier this month.

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Draw made for rugby's European Champions Cup

Northampton Saints have been drawn in Pool 5 for the European Rugby Champions Cup.

They'll play Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso. Last season's beaten finalists Saracens will tae on Munster, Sale Sharks and Clermont Auvergne.

Local rivals Leicester Tigers have been drawn with Scarlets, Ulster and reigning champions Toulon.

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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.

For more on this story, visit ITV Sport.

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.

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”.

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."

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