The 2018/19 season has seen Leicester Tigers add two more Global Partner Clubs to the Tigers Family in Delhi Hurricanes and RC DIOK, as well as host events, camps and activities around the world.
Read the latest from Leicester Tigers’ Global Partner Clubs in our end of season wrap-up.
The 2018/2019 season saw the Leiden city club crowned as Erkelasse league title champions for the first time in 20 years. Read the full report by clicking here.
The first team beat defending champions RC ‘t Gooli 12-20 in the playoff-final in the National Rugby Stadium in Amsterdam. The club’s youth team also picked up the National Bowl beating RC Tilburg adding to RC DIOK’s success.
2018/19 also marked the formation of the club’s wheelchair rugby team building links with Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby team with youth and senior players getting involved.
The Flanders-based club picked up the Belgian domestic cup at the beginning of April, but missed out on a shot at the league title in a narrow 17-19 loss to eventual winners La Hulpe in the playoff semi-final.
The Men’s first team finished fourth in former Tiger and head coach Joe Cain’s first full season in charge.
Dendermonde’s Gazelles (Women’s) team claimed an eleventh title beating second-placed Kituro Ovalie 24-7 to claim a successive league title.
The club will also be hosting Flanders Open Rugby in June, the biggest 10-a-side rugby tournament in the world welcoming 94 teams in total.
In what is the off-season for teams in Malaysia, KL Tigers took part in a number of friendlies with Staroba and Kellys teams, before 12 senior players from the club took part in a Malaysia Barbarians game against Sri Lanka.
In the junior set-up, the U16’s recently faced Australian club Joondalup Brothers Perth in a physical encounter. The U6-U10’s featured in an exhibition tournament against Cobra Rugby and KL Saracens, before heading off to Tanglin Rugby Club in Singapore for another age-grade tournament.
Tigers prop Greg Bateman will also be visiting KL Tigers to take part in coaching clinics with youngsters and senior players at the global partner club, ahead of attending their annual club dinner as the special guest later this month.
The season reaches play-off time in the Italian Girone 2 Series A as Colorno head in to their semi-final double-header playoff against U.R. Capitolina. The winning team will be promoted to the Top12, the top tier of Italian rugby union.
The Women’s team is also involved in a playoff match against Rugby Ferrara, with the winner reaching the semi-final. The club’s U18’s won their first playoff game as the squad aim for promotion to the Elite Championship.
Colorno’s U12 minis also win four of their last six junior tournaments and the club’s development programme organised by head coach Nick Scott included more than 90 coaches.
The Hurricanes invited High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Fiji Shri Yogesh Punja to the Pacific Island Nation Group to present about the development of rugby in India and the role of Delhi Hurricanes.
Delhi’s head coach Kuldeep Singh Bist spoke about the growth of Rugby, key factors in developing Rugby in India and the challenges and the High Commisioner of New Zealand, Ms Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner, New Zealand also attended.
Senior players from the club also trained with the National team camp as twelve men and nine women head to the Asian Tournament this summer.
The club’s social projects continue to support children across the community as well as encouraging girls to take up the sport.
You can follow all the latest news from each of our Global Partner Clubs by following their social pages @delhihurricane @Rugby_DRC @KLTigersRFC Rugby Colorno and @lrcdiokrugby keep an eye out across the Tigers website for news throughout the summer.