Jersey v Leicester Tigers20/05/2013
Jersey RFC have confirmed plans to host one of the biggest names in English rugby for a pre-season match in August.
Jersey and Leicester Tigers, who met for the first time at St Peter in 2012, will lock horns again on Saturday August 24th in a match sponsored by Ashburton.
Leicester have been the pre-eminent club side in the English game in the past two decades, winning eight English Premiership titles in that period, as well as back-to-back Heineken Cups in 2001 and 2002. They will contest the Aviva Premiership final against Northampton this Saturday, and have six players who have been selected in the British & Irish Lions squad for the summer tour to Australia.
Last season's match, won 21-34 by Leicester in front of 4,500 spectators, preceded Jersey's entry to the RFU Championship for the first time, and after surviving for a second attempt in 2013/14, the Island side are eagerly looking forward to another crack at the Tigers.
"Taking on Leicester 12 months ago was a terrific challenge for our young squad, who were meeting such a high calibre of opponent for the first time," said Jersey's Director of Rugby Ben Harvey. "The match was an important part of pre-season and we're delighted we've got another chance to measure ourselves against the best."
Chairman Bill Dempsey added: "The first match with Tigers was a terrific occasion and we received a great response from both the Jersey public and a couple of hundred noisy visiting fans who came over. It's fantastic that, thanks to the great support we've been offered by Ashburton, that we have a return match with which to kick off the new season."
Peter Bourne, Managing Director of sponsor Ashburton said: "As a result of Ashburton's long-term relationship with Leicester Tigers, sponsoring the ever-popular Tigers Rugby Camps for the past eight years here in Jersey, we have again chosen to sponsor this summer's pre-season match.
"Ashburton's small contribution to the development of rugby excellence in Jersey over the years is something of which we are proud. We hope to continue helping to develop the Island's young players, from taking their first steps onto the pitch at the tender age of seven through to the Colts, Elite Players Development Group and ultimately into the First Team."
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "We had a very enjoyable and worthwhile trip to Jersey last summer, they are an ambitious club and showed tremendous spirit in their first season in the Championship this year. As a club we have a number of strong links with the Channel Islands and we're delighted to be making a return trip there this summer.
"Every year we look to have a mixture of environments to play our warm-up games and we have another good combination this year.
"We have players joining the training schedule at different times after their international tours, but everything is geared up to being prepared for the start of the new Aviva Premiership season in September.
Details of tickets for the match, and hospitality packages, will
be announced shortly.