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Herring hails his back-row colleagues

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Flanker Ben Herring described fellow back-rowers Tom Croft and Jordan Crane as “awesome” during Leicester Tigers’ winning start to the Guinness Premiership season.

Herring was given a huge ovation by the Welford Road crowd after his key contributions to Saturday’s 24-22 win over London Irish.

With Tigers 17-10 down 15 minutes into the second half, the New Zealander produced a brilliant left-footed grub-kick for Croft to score near the left-hand touchline. And 10 minutes later he charged through to score between the posts and put Tigers decisively ahead.

But despite his efforts, 28-year-old Herring applauded the performances of his fellow back-rowers Croft and Crane who are both members of the England Elite Squad.

Herring said: “Croft and Crane have massive futures. They are growing with every game. They are part of the rock of our team at the moment.

“They are playing awesome rugby week in and week out, and that’s just great for us and an awesome prospect for England as well.”

Herring, named as Newcomer of the Year by Tigers supporters last season, says he has no intention of giving up his starting place after continuing his form into the start of this campaign.

There is always huge competition for places at Welford Road which will only intensify as Lewis Moody continues along the road to recovery following injury. Summer signing Ben Woods is also eyeing a run in the No7 shirt.

But Herring said: “I don’t want to give my shirt away at all, which is what it’s all about.

“We have so many talented loose forwards. I want to start, obviously, as everyone does. It’s nice. They are all such good fellas, whoever goes into the side goes in and everyone works towards the same goal.”

Tigers now turn their attention to Saturday’s game away at Worcester Warriors and Herring admits there is work to be done on the training ground ahead of the trip to Sixways.

“We have a lot of things to work on and everyone is keen to make improvements,” he said. “We are constructing something and hopefully in the weeks to come it will be fully built."