With Leicester Tigers’ Global Partner Clubs around the world affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, representatives from Rugby Colorno based in Italy and Kuala Lumpur Tigers in Malysia had a message for Tigers fans.
You can read about how all our Global Partner Clubs have been affected by the global pandemic by clicking here.
Rugby Colorno had this message for the #TigersFamily:
“At the moment a cloud is hanging over our ground at Colorno. We cannot hear the voices of the players, no one enters the office to disturb us and even the phone has stopped ringing.
“A really powerful opponent has brought us to our knees and doesn’t seem to let it go. It goes without saying, we are all afraid, it is always like this when you don't know your enemy. We need your support to give us courage.
“We need your smile with which you always cross our gates, we need that strength of mind that you carry with you and that pushes you to never give up. We must get up and do it together, fighting this fear that grips us.
“Take this opportunity to reflect on what is really important in life, to meditate on those values that we are sharing with great passion at Rugby Colorno. Forget for a moment what anger and disappointment are, put aside any discussion and recover that concept of FAMILY that you have taught us to appreciate.
“We miss you guys! Write to us, tell us how you are spending your days, send us messages, photos and videos of any kind ... Amaze us with your favourite ice cream flavours or your favourite movies, anything just to stay together.
“A hug from the Rugby Colorno Family. And remember: #IORESTOACASA.”
Gary Cane, head of rugby development at KL Tigers, spoke out to fans around the world.
“We had a good end to 2019 with a great set of matches for the academy before kicking off the New Year hosting our traditional Leicester Tigers Rugby Camp. We were literally in the last day or two of the camp when the news of the virus really took off.
“With the Tigers coaches safely back in the UK, we then had to confront our own tournaments and look at a risk assessment as the crisis started to unfold by the day.
“We decided early to put a date out to postpone if the situation hadn’t improved by this point. It was the right call and done at the right time from our own initiative.
“All at the club were getting into the rhythm of a prospective new season when we received news from the Malaysian Rugby Union that all domestic leagues would be postponed until further notice. This meant an end to training and any friendlies for all sections of the club.
“We were only a week into that prohibition when Malaysia then issued a shutdown to all schools and businesses, and asked everyone to remain at home other than to obtain food or medical attention.
“We send our best to you and all of the #TigersFamily around the globe and hope we all get through this.”