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Leicester Make New Signings

Leicester Tigers have roped in Richard Thorpe, the flanker from rival club London Irish. The 27 year old player has already started training with Leicester and looks ready to start the season for them. His former club and Leicester’s rivals, London Irish, will be paying a part of the player’s wages during the first season.

Richard Cockerill commented saying that he will be an extremely cost effective player for them. He said that Thorpe is a great player and has had a lot of experience in the premiership which will ensure that he get a slot almost immediately.

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Leicester Tigers Boss Sides with the Welsh

Richard Cockerill, the head coach at Aviva Premiership side the Leicester Tigers has stepped into the row that promises to be one of the most long drawn affairs in current memory with the London Welsh being denied promotion to play in the Aviva Premiership next season.

According to the Director of Rugby of the record Premiership champions, clubs that gain promotion from the RFU Championship to the Premiership must be allowed to compete at the very top level of rugby and to chase their dreams regardless of the condition of the grounds where they play their home matches.

LEICESTER STEP UP CONSTRUCTION

Record Aviva Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers are hopeful that they will be able to complete the building of their hotel at Welford Road by the time the Rugby World Cup 2015 hits the country.

The club is hoping that they will be able to secure permission for their grand plan of building the 140 room, four star hotel on the old region of the Granby Hills by the start of the tournament.

LEICESTER GO TOP

Leicester more than played their part in a thrilling encounter as they edged past Sale to, for now at least take their place in the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

It is the latest twist in a season which has seen most teams going up and down the league table in the most unpredictable of ways.

LEICESTER FACE CLERMONT

Leicester take on Clermont in what promises to be a fierce encounter on Sunday. The Tigers travel to Clermont on Sunday before the return next weekend aiming to end Clermont’s 33 match unbeaten run on home soil.

The atmosphere at Clermont with its passionate local fan base adds to a squad with tremendous strength in depth which has seen the French side go without a defeat at home since November 2009.

SKIVINGTON PRAISES LEICESTER HUNGER

George Skivington has said that Leicester is incredibly hungry about getting more success."I've said to so many people I've really enjoyed playing for Leicester this year I've really genuinely enjoyed playing rugby," he tells BBC East Midlands.

"Playing at Welford Road, running out in front of that crowd, when they start stomping their feet when you run on the pitch - it's pretty special."

The 28-year-old lock left Wasps after nine years last summer for the Tigers and has not looked back.

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LEICESTER BEATS WASPS

Wasps started life without the director of rugby Tony Hanks by being defeated by Premiership leaders Leicester.

Fly-half Jeremy Staunton scored a try and kicked 11 points for the Tigers, who opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

Lock forward Steve Mafi also crossed for the home side.

Wasps, who parted company with Hanks on Thursday, could only reply with four Dave Walder penalties on their way to a seventh defeat in nine games.

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LEICESTER CLOSE TO SIGNING BROOKES

Leicester are close to signing Kieron Brookes from Newcastle after they agreed a deal with the club. Brookes, 20, signed a one-year deal at Newcastle in May and is also attracting interest from Munster and Leinster.

But Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said the link to Brookes was just "speculation".

"We are in process of doing all our signings. When we have signed them we will let you know," he said.

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LEICESTER BEAT EXETER

Leicester Rugby Union continued their good start to the season by beating Exeter 37-27. After a Geordan Murphy touchdown gave the Tigers an early advantage, Exeter hit back with two tries from Phil Dollman to lead 20-10 at half-time.

Two Jeremy Staunton penalties put Leicester back in touch, before Mark Foster scored Exeter's third try. Scores from Scott Hamilton, Dan Hipkiss and a penalty try gave Leicester the lead once again as the Chiefs faded.

LEICESTER REVEAL RECORD TURNOVERS

Leicester Tigers have revealed record turnovers of £18.5m. Tigers recorded a profit of £284,000 for the period ending 30 June 2010, compared to a loss of £989,000 in 2009.

And the increased turnover of £1.4m was partly down to the first phase of the redevelopment of Welford Road which saw the capacity increased to 24,000, and partly due to increased sales of Wales Rugby Hospitality Tickets.

That saw record crowds averaging more than 21,500 last season.

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