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Borthwick previews Premiership Final

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Steve Borthwick says the excitement ahead of the club’s first Gallagher Premiership Final in almost a decade is brilliant and well-earned, for the efforts of everybody at the club - on and off the pitch.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s decider at Twickenham, Borthwick says the effort of all at Leicester Tigers has contributed to being involved in ‘big games’ again.

“There is obviously an excitement around the group outside, that is natural and that is brilliant that there is a game like this to be excited about,” said the Tigers Head Coach.

“There many years where Leicester Tigers were not involved in big games.

“Since I arrived at the club the support has been like nothing else I have ever experienced and that bond between fans and the club is only getting stronger as time goes on.

“We have received incredible support this season, which has helped us immensely, and I know there will be thousands of Leicester Tigers fans at Twickenham to play their part on Saturday.”

Discussing his squad named to take on Saracens, he added: “It is an exciting team to go out and represent Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.”

“The players have worked exceptionally hard all season to consistently improve and compete every week.

“We talk before every game about putting a performance that our supporters, our families and our friends will be proud of and that is the same ahead of Saturday’s game.

“There is still so much growth in this group, so much for us to learn and improve as we continue on this journey.”

Throughout the 21/22 campaign, the Tigers coach - and his players - have only ever entertained conversations about the upcoming game, with no reason to look beyond the next challenge.

Now, with only game remaining for the season, the Head Coach says the approach remains exactly the same in Leicester.

“From my point of view that is all I want to do, focus on the next game and being better in that than we were in the last game,” said Borthwick.

“We are working hard, every day, to be the best version of ourselves we can be right now. I am not bothered about the past, just what is ahead of us.

“That is the message every week; Let us be the best we can be this week. That is all we can control.”

Discussing the opponents for Saturday’s decider, Borthwick added: “They’re a great club team, with a wealth of experience together over a number of seasons now.

“We will need an 80-minute performance in each position against an experienced side like Saracens, who have world-class players throughout their squad.”

See the teams for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership Final HERE.