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A great way to kick off Welford Road season

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Tigers supporters will welcome back their heroes on Saturday for the first home game of the 2007/08 season and there could not be a better way to start than with a match against old rivals Bath Rugby.

To add to the occasion, the fixture will see the opening of the new-look temporary stand at the Clubhouse End which increases capacity at Welford Road to 17,000. And supporters will not have to miss a second of the Rugby World Cup action as the England versus Samoa game is to be shown in full 'as live' around the ground from 5pm.

More than 250 youngsters who attended Tigers Summer Courses run by the Community Department during the school holidays will enjoy their place in the spotlight during a pre-match parade.

What a way to start the new campaign at the home of Leicester Tigers.

The season started with a 26-13 victory at Bristol Rugby last Sunday, courtesy of tries from Tom Varndell and Ayoola Erinle, and now the squad are preparing for the first competitive game at Welford Road since the EDF Energy Cup and Guinness Premiership 'Double' was completed in May.

A full house would provide a fitting welcome home and there are still some tickets on sale now.

"The crowd are massive for us," said acting head coach Richard Cockerill. "We are a supporters' club and that is important to us. We get great support here and over the years we have had a great home record."

Cockerill gave starting debuts to five new signings at Bristol and all are likely to be involved again on Saturday for their first club appearance at their home stadium.

Games between Tigers and Bath regularly provide some of the best action of the season, with last term's home game going right to the wire, with Leicester gaining a 29-25 victory on their way to securing a fifth Premiership title.

What better way to acknowledge the efforts of last year's Double winners - and the newcomers - than cheering on Tigers on their return to home soil?

A limited number of tickets for the game remain on sale from the Tigers ticket office, call 08701 28 34 30, book online at http://www.leicestertigers.com/ or visit Welford Road.