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Home-grown heroes at Supporters Evening next month

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Ben Youngs and new England cap Dan Cole are among the special guests for the Tigers Supporters Evening at Welford Road on Tuesday, March 23.

The theme for the evening is ‘Through The Ranks’ in the company of Youngs, Cole, Harry Ellis, Matt Smith and Sam Vesty who all started out with the Tigers Academy before reaching first-team status and gaining international recognition along the way.

Youngs has risen to England Saxons status this season, as well as training with the senior squad, while Cole is enjoying his first experience of Six Nations rugby.

Smith will be able to talk about his breakthrough with Tigers, while Vesty ended the 2008/09 campaign as his colleagues’ choice for player of the season and collected his first England caps, while Ellis is back in the Tigers team after the fantastic experience as a British & Irish Lions tourist in the summer.

It won’t all be looking back, there will be plenty to talk about as the Tigers season reaches its final quarter, and it won’t all be serious either. And there’ll be opportunities for supporters to add their questions to their heroes, as well as collect autographs and photographs.

Tickets are available now from the Tigers ticket office.

There is also still time to book for this month’s Supporters Evening – Behind The Scenes with Richard Cockerill, Matt O’Connor, Paul Burke and conditioning coach Alex Martin – on Tuesday, February 16.

Find out about the work that goes into getting Tigers on to the field and how the backroom staff work together to get the best out of the players, hear how their skills interlink and how a specialist coach works on aspects of the game with individuals and the squad as a whole.

Tickets for Supporters Evenings are £19 for season ticket holders and members, £22 for non-members, including a meal and the chance to meet the players and coaches for photos and autographs. Phone the ticket hotline on 0844 856 1880 or call in at Welford Road to book your places.

Supporters Evening Programme
Tuesday February 16 Behind The Scenes
Richard Cockerill, Matt O’Connor, Paul Burke & Alex Martin

Tuesday March 23 Through The Ranks
Dan Cole, Harry Ellis, Matt Smith, Sam Vesty & Ben Youngs

Tuesday April 13 A night with the Kiwis
Aaron Mauger, Scott Hamilton, Craig Newby & host Ben Herring

Tuesday May 4 Supporters Player of the year Awards
All playing squad