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Crowds turn out to see Leicester Tigers take on Worcester Cavaliers in Lichfield

More than 1,000 rugby fans turned out to see Leicester Tigers take on Worcester Cavaliers at Lichfield’s Cooke Fields.

Leicester Tigers in action at Cooke Fields

Leicester Tigers in action at Cooke Fields

As well as the A-League encounter, there were also a number activities on offer.

Those who turned out were treated to a thrilling encounter on the pitch, with Tigers going down 41-40.

Chris Rose, head of brand at Leicester Tigers, said: “This was the first time that we have taken a high-profile ‘A-league’ fixture on the road for many years and we couldn’t think of a better club to host us.

“We’re keen to continue building links across Staffordshire as part of our extended reach programme, and with clubs like Lichfield leading the way in the development of rugby, we hope to bring more events like today to the region.”

Before the main fixture there were also cliubs such as Ashby, Barton under Needwood, Tamworth and Veseyans rugby clubs joining Lichfield RUFC youngsters for a morning of rugby.

Tigers stars Matt Smith, Michele Rizzo and Jono Kitto also took part in a question and answer session hosted by Lichfield Club President Barry Broad during a sponsor’s lunch in the clubhouse.

Iain Eadie, communications director at Lichfield RUFC, said: “From the weather to the rugby, we hope that everyone who came along soaked up the atmosphere and experienced what the A-league and Lichfield RUFC are all about.

“The turn-out speaks for itself with well over 1,000 in attendance, so a huge thanks to everyone at Leicester Tigers who made the day possible. We are lucky to have strong community links with Tigers and days like this, only justify developing these further.”

Following the A-League fixture, Lichfield Ladies kicked off their Women’s Premiership play-off semi-finals fixture against Aylesford Bulls Ladies in the day’s final rugby action, missing out on victory after going down 22-15.

Becky Williams, Director of Rugby for Lichfield Ladies, added: “It was a great experience for our girls and all involved with Lichfield Ladies to play in front of such a big crowd.

“Aside from the result, we’re keen to focus on securing the future of this club and with strong first and second teams already in place, along with emerging U18, U15 and U13 ladies teams, the future looks bright.

“I must pass on our thanks as always to Leicester Tigers, not just in organising a terrific day out, but also for their continued support across the Staffordshire region.”

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