By Brent Pilnick BBC Sport 7 May From the section Rugby Union Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43989089 Read more about sharing. Something incredibly rare happened for Leicester Tigers on Saturday - their Premiership season ended after 22 games. Tigers' 35-13 win at Sale on the last day of the regular campaign was only good enough to finish fifth in the table, level on points with Newcastle Falcons, who claimed the final play-off spot by virtue of having won one more game.Leicester missing out is the rugby equivalent of Roger Federer not making the second week of Wimbledon or Real Madrid not qualifying for the Champions League.In fact it is 14 years since Leicester last failed to have a chance to win the Premiership title by reaching the play-offs - and in that 2003-04 season it could … [Read more...] about Leicester Tigers: What’s behind Premiership club missing out on play-offs?
17 Apr From the section Rugby Union Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43797969 Read more about sharing. Leicester wing Telusa Veainu expects a "few punch-ups" in training after a below-par performance in Saturday's loss to fierce rivals Northampton.Tigers had won five Premiership games in a row to go into the top four.But a dramatic 27-21 home defeat by the struggling Saints saw them slip out of the play-off places into fifth."I'd like to apologise. It was a sell-out and everyone was up for it but things just didn't go our way," Veainu told BBC Radio Leicester. "We didn't react quick enough and it cost us. We let our standards drop and we didn't give the fans what they deserve."Tigers have two games left to secure a Premiership play-off place for the 14th consecutive season.They are four points … [Read more...] about Telusa Veainu: Leicester Tigers wing expects niggles and punch-ups in training after Saints defeat
10 Apr From the section Rugby Union Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43712704 Read more about sharing. England duo Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi are nearing full fitness and ready to feature in Leicester Tigers' quest for a Premiership play-off place.Scrum-half Youngs, 28, is available to face local rivals Northampton on Saturday after a knee injury.Centre Tuilagi, 26, injured his chest against Wasps on 25 March and could return against Newcastle on 27 April."We are starting to get numbers back," head coach Matt O'Connor told BBC Radio Leicester."We are starting to get a really good vibe around the numbers in training and that augurs well."Tigers have moved up to third in the Premiership table with three games of the regular season remaining, having won five consecutive matches.Youngs was injured … [Read more...] about Ben Youngs: Leicester scrum-half set to return to face Northampton Saints
RIYAD MAHREZ wants a move to Arsenal and not Liverpool, according to latest reports.The Leicester winger handed in a transfer request last summer, and it was expected he would move on to one of Europe's biggest clubs.But a bid was not forthcoming despite rumoured interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and even Spanish giants Barcelona.Recent reports suggested the Algerian was close to moving to the Reds in a deal worth around £50million following Philippe Coutinho's departure to join Barcelona on Saturday.However The Express reports that Mahrez would prefer a move to Arsenal, as he has "recently bought property in the capital".A source close to Mahrez quashed reports that the 26-year-old had been in talks with Kop officials.And the advisor insisted the France-born player will not seek to force a move away from the King Power Stadium - even though he harbours hopes of joining a "big club."Speaking to Algerian sports paper Le Buteur, he said: "I … [Read more...] about Leicester news: Riyad Mahrez ‘would prefer switch to Arsenal over Liverpool’ from the Foxes this January
LEICESTER are prepared to let flop striker Kelechi Iheanacho leave - even if it means making a loss on the flop £25million striker.And he was only given a 10-minute runout against League One minnows Fleetwood in a 0-0 draw on Saturday.The Foxes bought the 21-year-old from Manchester City in August.However, he has made just two Premier League starts this campaign.SunSport understands the club are beginning to accept they made an expensive mistake by snapping up the Nigerian ace.A well-placed source said: "The problem is Kelechi is earning around £115,000-a-week on a five-year deal and no club will currently want to take him on those wages.“So Leicester might have to let him go for a lot cheaper than they paid for him if they decide to sell now.”Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was interested in the summer and the likes of Stoke, West Ham and Swansea were also in the hunt. SUN GOALS Watch all the goals from an action-packed FA Cup third round dayBoss Claude Puel does … [Read more...] about Leicester news: Foxes prepared to offload flop Kelechi Iheanacho just five months after joining for £25m