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It's a privilege says fifth Legend

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John Duggan has been voted into the Leicester Tigers Walk of Legends, joining Dusty Hare, Rory Underwood, Sir Clive Woodward and Paul Dodge.

Dublin-born Duggan takes the right-wing spot after topping the polling in the Leicester Mercury.

“It is fantastic to be given a place in the Walk of Legends, it is such a privilege to be among the group who have already been named,” says Duggan.

“I played in Leicester teams with Dusty, Clive and Paul, and obviously I saw a lot of Rory with Tigers and England, and it is very exciting company to be in.

“I played in a great era for rugby, when you played tough games and also enjoyed the social side of it. I wouldn’t have changed the era I played in.”

Duggan made more than 300 appearances for Tigers and his total of 158 tries is good enough for third place on the club’s all-time scoring list.

He is the first non-international to earn a place in the Walk of Legends, though he was tipped to win senior status with Ireland and did turn down an England trial.

“I was born in Ireland, my father was Irish and I always think of myself as Irish and I wanted to play for Ireland,” says Duggan who also saw lengthy service as a fitness and conditioning coach at Tigers in the glory-filled days spanning ing the amateur and professional eras.

“You had to play club rugby in Ireland to qualify for the provincial side and you could only play international rugby if you played provincially, and I was never able to do that. But I enjoyed 10 great years as a Leicester player. We had a great group of young lads together in that backline.”

Duggan did face numerous international-class opposition with Tigers, including regular head-to-head clashes with the top Welsh clubs of the 1970s and the star-studded Barbarians fixtures.

“The Barbarians games were always a highlight, they were the ones you always did whatever you could to put yourself in contention for a place,” he says.

“I think I played in nine Barbarians games in my 10 years and the opposition was always like a World XV.”

Supporters can join the Walk of Legends by purchasing an exclusive engraved commemorative brick to lie alongside the names of the club’s greatest-ever players.

Add your own name and a personalised message or celebrate a birthday or anniversay.

Or buy a place in the Walk of Legends for a friend or relative as a perfect Christmas gift for a Tigers supporter. We can also supply a replica to keep at home.

Prices are from £44.95 for a single brick or £79.95 for a double brick. You can also collect a £5-off voucher at Saturday’s home game against Perpignan.

See the Leicester Mercury website at www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk to make your weekly vote. The poll is located two-thirds of the way down the home page. Voting this week is to find a legendary Tigers fly-half.

To download an order form for a Walk of Legends commemorative brick, click here