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Hipkiss happy to hit Tigers ton

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Dan Hipkiss became the 200th player in Leicester Tigers history to reach a century of starts for the club in the 14-9 Guinness Premiership win over Leeds Carnegie on Sunday.

Hipkiss said he was delighted to reach the milestone and was looking forward to receiving the commemorative tie that comes with it.

“I am really happy to get there,” said the Tigers and England centre. “It’s nice to get the blue tie that you see the older guys wearing as well.”

Hipkiss made his league debut at Headingley in August 2002 in a 26-13 defeat by Leeds on the opening day of the 2002/03 season. Ben Kay was also in the starting XV while current teammates George Chuter, Harry Ellis and Sam Vesty were on the bench.

Hipkiss, who was replaced in the second-half, joked that his debut was memorable for his “terrible” performance.

But he added that the 13-6 victory over Munster at Thomond Park in the Heineken Cup in January 2007 was his most memorable start in a Tigers shirt.

“I can remember starting at Headingley against Leeds for my Premiership debut and I got dragged off after 50 minutes because I was playing terribly,” he said. “That was a good start!

“All of the finals I have played with Tigers, they have been memorable but the Munster game has to be my favourite, to start that at Thomond Park and get a result over there.

“It has been a good time. Hopefully I can push on and get another 100!”