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Deacon ready to ton-up

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Louis Deacon will play his 100th Guinness Premiership match for Leicester Tigers this weekend when he lines up in the second row against London Wasps. Reaching the milestone, though, was not uppermost in the England international's mind this week as he prepared for the trip to High Wycombe.

"I didn't know anything about reaching 100 league games," he said. "But I'm obviously chuffed to get there. It is a bit of a landmark, it's an achievement."

Deacon, in fact, is just three short of 150 games for the club in all competitions, illustrating just how well he has progressed in the face of stiff competition since making his first-team debut as an 18-year-old.

Many of his games this season have been at blindside, but Deacon will start a third successive match in the second row when he packs down alongside skipper Leo Cullen at Adams Park.

"The Worcester game a couple of weeks ago was my first start at lock for a while and I felt a bit rusty at the set-piece," the 26-year-old Deacon admitted. "You probably don't realise how fast things happen until you get out of that position and come back into it. And perhaps I was trying to do too much, still thinking about playing in the back row. I have settled down more in the last couple of games and I still feel that lock is my position."

Looking forward to this weekend's encounter, Deacon added: "Wasps away is always tough, though we have had a decent record down there in recent years. They have another big pack - we seem to have all the biggest ones during the internationals - with Worcester and Saracens especially. But from the record we have had there in the past, there is no reason to believe we cannot go and get a good result."