CROFT COULD MISS SIX NATIONS

Tom Croft is set to miss the England's Six Nations campaign after an injury for Leceister Tigers.The 25-year-old Leicester player has been sidelined since suffering the injury in the Test defeat by South Africa at Twickenham.

The club's director of rugby Richard Cockerill says the injury will require another six to eight weeks to heal.

England open their Six Nations campaign against Wales on 4 February.

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CROFT SIGNS NEW CONTRACT

Tom Croft has signed a new contract with the Leicester rugby team. The 25-year-old England and British & Irish Lions back-rower has made 87 appearances for the Tigers since his 2005 debut, scoring 17 tries.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Everyone here is delighted that Tom has signed a new contract.

"He came through our academy and is now a top-class player. He really wanted to stay and we really wanted him to stay."

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PARLING OUT OF THE SEASON

Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling is out for the season after damaging his knee ligaments. Parling returned to action after four months out with a neck injury in Friday's win over Harlequins - his first appearance of the season.

But, just two minutes after coming on as a replacement, Parling caught his studs in the turf and twisted his knee.

"It's a crying shame for us and for him," Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

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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.

INJURY FORCES LEICESTER SCRUM-HALF TO QUIT

Leicester Rugby Union and England scrum-half Harry Ellis has announced that he will retire from the game after failing to recover from several knee problems. The 28-year-old, who won 27 caps, required a reconstruction of his left knee in 2007 and sustained a second injury in the same area last season.

Now, having taken a medical advice, Ellis has decided he has no option but to quit playing rugby.

"The most difficult decision for any player to make is about when they have to stop playing," said Ellis. "But, after taking medical advice, unfortunately I have to announce my retirement.

LEICESTER AIM FOR EUROPE

Jordan Crane says Leicester Tigers must build on Saturday’s Guinness Premiership triumph and mount a strong challenge in the Heineken Cup next season.

Tigers’ failure to qualify for the quarter-finals of Europe this season was the only real disappointment of a campaign which proved again that they are still the kings of English rugby.

While they have been in two recent finals, losing to Wasps and Leinster, they have not won the big one since the second of back-to-back crowns under Dean Richards in 2002.

LEICESTER CALL FOR SALARY CAP

Champions Leicester are leading a call to increase the controversial salary cap from the present £4million per season for Guinness Premiership teams.

The 12 clubs meet on Wednesday to debate proposals to raise the cap for the 2011-12 season.

A final decision will be made at a board meeting of Premier Rugby, the umbrella body, on May 18.

Leicester's head of playing operations Simon Cohen said: 'The Premiership has to decide where it wants to be.

LEICESTER CALL FOR SALARY CAP

Champions Leicester are leading a call to increase the controversial salary cap from the present £4million per season for Guinness Premiership teams.

The 12 clubs meet on Wednesday to debate proposals to raise the cap for the 2011-12 season, with members tempted to Cardiff by free Wales Rugby Tickets.

A final decision will be made at a board meeting of Premier Rugby, the umbrella body, on May 18.

Leicester's head of playing operations Simon Cohen said: 'The Premiership has to decide where it wants to be.

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