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Harrison is new club president

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Former centre Mike Harrison has been named as the new President of Leicester Tigers.

Leicester-born Harrison made his debut for the club in 1962 and is still actively involved as the education welfare officer with Tigers Academy.

A product of Wyggeston Boys School and Loughborough Colleges, Harrison played 210 first-team games for Tigers from 1962 to 1971, scoring 58 tries. He captained the club in 1964/65 and played in five England trials.

“I am delighted to have been invited to act as President of this great club,” Harrison said. “I am very proud to have the opportunity to represent the club. I regard it as a great honour.”

Harrison follows Brian Hall, whose presidency term came to an end this summer.

Tigers chairman Peter Tom CBE said: “Mike is a Leicester Tigers man through and through. He was a first-team regular throughout my time here as a player and is still involved in assisting our young players linked to the Tigers Academy.

“On behalf of the Board and everyone at the club, I would like to wish him well in his time as President and also thank Brian Hall for his work in that role over the past two seasons.”

Meanwhile, Harrison was one of nine ex-Tigers players and former Loughborough students to receive honorary degrees this summer.

Loughborough University held a ceremony to celebrate 100 years of education where George Cullen, Dennis Haines, John Elders, Ian Gibson, Bob Rowell, Peter Aldwinckle, Chris Baynes, John Duggan and Harrison were among 1,000 former students to receive honorary degrees.