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Important information: Saturday kick-off now at 3.15pm

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Kick-off time for Saturday's home match against London Wasps has been brought forward to 3.15pm.

After being selected for Sky Sports live coverage, the Guinness Premiership fixture was scheduled to start at 5.30pm.

But, after considering the extreme weather conditions forecast this week, with temperatures expected to drop to minus seven degrees Celsius at night and barely above freezing during daylight, Leicester Tigers have been requested by Premier Rugby Limited to bring the kick-off forward.

The Welford Road pitch will remain covered all week and the earlier kick-off at 3.15pm should allow the game to be played in the best possible conditions.

All tickets remain valid for Saturday’s game which is approaching a 24,000 capacity sell-out. Limited tickets remain on sale now from the Tigers ticket office. Phone the hotline on 0844 856 1880, book online or call in at Welford Road.

Premier Rugby Limited's rugby director Phil Winstanley said: "This season PRL and its clubs have secured access to a central system of pitch covers and heaters provided by Sports and Stadia Services. Through this contract we are able to provide up to three systems on any weekend which offers some protection against extreme weather conditions.

“We have seen the benefit of this system at a number of games already.

"This weekend we are seeing lower temperatures forecasted than at any part of the winter so far and, while the system can protect the pitch when the cover is in place, the temperature drops so quickly once the cover is removed that the pitches could re-freeze.

“Temperatures will drop more quickly in the evening and at night-time, and Sky Sports and all the clubs involved recognise the importance of these fixtures to supporters and have made this early decision to change the kick-off time.

"I am most grateful to all four clubs for their co-operation and to Sky Sports for moving their schedule around to accommodate the re-arranged Leicester Tigers versus London Wasps match."

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