Lichfield will host the Leicester Tigers’ Development XV side next month – the first time in more than a decade that one of the side’s Aviva A League-standard games has been played outside of Leicestershire.
They will take on the Worcester Cavaliers at Cooke Fields on April 9.
The day – which features free admission – will also feature a range of activities for fans young an old to get involved in, including the speed pass challenge and the Tigers photo booth. A tag rugby tournament for under sevens and under eights is also scheduled.
Chris Rose, from Leicester Tigers, said: “Staffordshire is a very strong area in terms of support for the Tigers and a home county for our Academy and Developing Player Programme.
“We work with many great clubs in the county at Lichfield, Tamworth, Stoke, Burton, Burntwood, Barton-under-Needwood, Leek and Newcastle who take part in our activities at Welford Road and moving an Aviva A League game to the area was the next natural step in showing our support and building on our great relationships.
“The facilities at Lichfield Rugby Club are fantastic and we hope many supporters will join us for a big family day out.”
The Tigers Development XV sits in second place in the Northern Conference of the A League competition, based on a squad which features a mix of experienced players gaining game-time and young prospects from the academy making progress in senior rugby.
Iain Eadie, deputy chairman at Lichfield RUFC, said: “Having Leicester Tigers here each year for our summer camp is fantastic because it gives minis and juniors from clubs all over Staffordshire the chance to have fun, make new friends and get a week of great rugby coaching.
“We asked Tigers what else we could do to strengthen our relationship and we are delighted they have agreed to come and play their A League game against Worcester at Cooke Fields. We are honoured to be able to host this.
“We hope as many boys and girls, mums and dads, and everyone else can come along on April 9 and enjoy a fantastic afternoon of rugby. We really hope it will inspire young and old to get involved with rugby, regardless of whether that is at Lichfield or any other club.”