The big match in the Aviva Premiership this weekend will take place at Welford Road, where Leicester Tigers entertain Northampton Saints. It is the first time the two sides have met since the Premiership final back in May, a game the Tigers won 37-17, securing their 10th English title. This was the match that saw Saints’ skipper Dylan Hartley shown the red card shortly before half time, but he was not the only player to leave the pitch early. Tigers’ fly half Toby Flood also failed to finish the game – he collided with teammate Dan Cole’s knee following a tackle by Courtney Lawes, and could not continue.
Toby is now the Leicester Tigers captain, and he is looking forward to Saturday’s game:
“It’s the East Midlands derby and it always comes down to a huge contest between two sides who just want to tear into each other. Ever since I’ve been involved at Leicester it’s been the biggest game on the fixture list. People in the surrounding area let you know how important it is. Cockers (Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers’ Director of Rugby) lets you know how important is. Things really get amped up, and I can’t wait.”
Toby was speaking at the home of Bowdon RUFC’s under-12s near Manchester. They were the lucky recipients of a training session from him as part of a special prize won at last season’s Sale Sharks Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.
The excited youngsters were put through their paces by Toby, who took them through a number of drills and taught them some tricks of the trade; all of which can now be put to good use in the season ahead. The session finished with a training match which Toby refereed, providing the aspiring rugby players a chance to put into practice what they had learnt from the morning’s session.
The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup is a series of national grassroots festivals run in conjunction with Premiership Rugby.