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.