24 Facts About Leicester Tigers


Leicester Tigers are a professional rugby union club based in Leicester, England.

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Leicester Tigers last won the Premiership Rugby title in the 2022 season, and appeared in a record nine successive Premiership finals, from 2005 to 2013.

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Leicester Tigers is one of only four teams never to have been relegated from the top division.

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Leicester Tigers have appeared in five European finals, the joint-second most overall, as well as the two victories they have lost finals three times, in 1997,2007 and 2009.

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Five Leicester Tigers players were members of the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final winning England side including captain Martin Johnson.

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Leicester Tigers disbanded reserve and third teams making the First XV an invitation side and introducing players from all over the country.

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Leicester Tigers won the Midlands Counties Cup three more times in four years to cement their place as the midland's premier side before the outbreak of war in 1914.

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Bernard Gadney became the club's first home-produced England captain in 1934 and was captain when four Leicester Tigers players were part of the first England side to beat the All Blacks.

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The practice of being an "invitation" club featuring only a First XV stopped and Leicester Tigers adopted a more traditional membership club based approach with multiple sides.

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Under Richards, Leicester Tigers entered a golden age, winning four consecutive Premiership Rugby titles in 1999,2000,2001 and 2002, as well as back to back Heineken Cups in 2001 and 2002.

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Leicester Tigers had won the inaugural Premiership playoffs the week before so sealed an unprecedented treble.

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Domestic success continued with Leicester Tigers reaching Premiership finals but losing in 2011 and 2012, against Saracens and Harlequins respectively, and winning the 2012 LV Cup.

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The next two years Leicester Tigers suffered heavy away defeats in the semi finals to Bath and Saracens.

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On 4 June 2020 it was revealed that Leicester Tigers were set to lose up to £5m of revenue during the coronavirus enforced shutdown, eventually making 31 employees redundant.

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Leicester Tigers started the following season strongly, five wins in the opening five rounds was the club's best start in the Premiership era, the club remained unbeaten for 15 games in all competitions, the second best start to a season ever, but failed to tie the record after losing to Wasps on 9 January 2022.

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Leicester Tigers have participated in 14 of the 20 Premiership Play Offs, reaching nine consecutive finals between 2005 and 2013.

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On 18 May 2008 Leicester Tigers defeated Gloucester at Kingsholm to become the first team to win a Premiership semi-final playoff away from home.

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Leicester Tigers hold the record for most Premiership titles, the most consecutive Premiership Final appearances and the most Play off appearances.

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Since then Leicester Tigers have only returned to letters for non-competition friendlies against sides such as Australia or the New Zealand Maori.

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The Leicester Tigers then played three season between 1906 and 1909 in white shirts with navy shorts, the first two seasons with a leaping tiger logo on the left breast before reverting to a scarlet, green and white striped jersey, while retaining the navy shorts.

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In 1999, the Leicester Tigers switched to a darker green and have played in a variety of kit designs since.

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On 20 February 2008 Leicester Tigers received planning consent for the £60million redevelopment of Welford Road.

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Leicester Tigers have played two Heineken Cup Semi Final games at the King Power Stadium, against Toulose and Llanelli Scarlets in 2005 and 2007 respectively, but the ground was designated as a neutral venue for both.

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On 27 February 2015 Leicester Tigers announced plans to continue the redevelopment of Welford Road by replacing the clubhouse and temporary West Stand with a new permanent building with a 3,100 capacity.

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