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Hickie keen on return

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Tigers hooker Gavin Hickie is counting down the hours towards Saturday's trip to his former club Worcester Warriors in the second match of this season's EDF Energy Cup. Leicester and Worcester both got their cup campaigns off to a winning start last Saturday and go head to head at Sixways this weekend (kick-off 3pm).

Hickie spent a couple of seasons with the Warriors before joining Tigers in the summer and holds real affection for the club.

He said: "When I went to Worcester, I immediately got a good feel for the place. And they gave me my first Premiership experience, so I will always be grateful to them for that.

"I had the opportunity to stay there for the next two years but when I knew a move to Leicester was a possibility, you do not turn clubs like Leicester down. This is a side that can win trophies and one of the best clubs in the northern hemisphere.

"I played at Worcester in the Guinness A League a couple of weeks ago and, as we've got them in the cup and the league, I'd love to go back down there and hopefully get a game against them."

Victory over Northampton last weekend was Worcester's first of the season after four successive defeats in the Guinness Premiership, and the Warriors will no doubt be desperate to get back out on to the pitch to build on that confidence-booster.

Hickie said: "They have a very good side, with a big pack. They lost a few players in the summer, but they have got great plans for the club and the stadium, and I hope they have a long future in the Premiership."

After the trip to Worcester, Tigers will play their final group game in the EDF Energy Cup away to Northampton Saints on Saturday, December 3.

Tigers Travel Club:

Tickets for the match with Worcester have been returned to Sixways but transport can still be arranged through Tigers Travel Club at a price of £14 for members and £17 for non-members. Contact the ticket office on 08701 28 34 30 for more information.