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Corry praises Tigers' squad ethic

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The 14 men who follow Martin Corry on to the Twickenham turf at the start of the Heineken Cup Final on Sunday will attract the spotlight, but the Leicester Tigers captain says credit has to go to every single member of the playing squad for an incredible season.

The European final against London Wasps represents the 38th and last match of a nine-month season for Tigers after success in the EDF Energy Cup and Guinness Premiership.

And with Martin Castrogiovanni and Harry Ellis the only significant long-term absentees, head coach Pat Howard has some major selection decisions to make before declaring his team. They are made more difficult by the form of the players who have stepped into the breach throughout a long campaign.

"Pat put a lot of emphasis on the squad as a whole and everyone feels part of it, everyone has had a massive part to play in it," said Corry in the build-up to his 58th European match in Tigers colours.

"Everyone wants to play in the biggest games, but obviously not everyone can do that. But as long as everyone feels they have played a part, that is great. You have to give full credit to Pat and Richard Cockerill for putting their faith in the guys and giving them all a shot.

"Nobody has played a ridiculous amount of games this season and it is a great squad to be a part of. I feel I have to prove myself in every game because of the squad we have here. That is a great motivator because I want to keep playing."