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It's good to have everyone back

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Leicester Tigers are preparing for the trip to Sandy Park, Exeter on Saturday with their international players all now back in training at the club.

Richard Cockerill reported the safe return of all the players who featured in the RBS 6 Nations, including the seven England men involved in last week's match against Wales and Martin Castrogiovanni who has been with Italy.

“They’re all back and they’ve all trained,” said Richard Cockerill, Tigers director of rugby.

“The England guys were obviously disappointed after Saturday but they’re all fit and healthy, and they’re ready to get back into it. Castro reported fit for duty and that is also good news for us.

“We’ve had a few injuries as well but most of those players are back with us and gearing up for the run-in. They’re all important games now.

“We’ve got some massive games from here up the end of the season and it’s certainly good to have everyone back and available for us.”

Cockerill confirmed that Boris Stankovich is recovering from surgery on an Achilles injury, while Louis Deacon has had an operation on a shoulder.

“Deacs got injured at Harlequins, he fell awkwardly and damaged his shoulder,” said Cockerill.

“He’s had the surgery but that will be the end of his season. It is disappointing for Deacs and he will be missed, but we have options with Graham Kitchener, Ed Slater and Steve Mafi who can also play there, and we get on with it.”

Tigers face three successive away games with Exeter Chiefs this Saturday and  Northampton Saints ahead of the Heineken Cup quarter-final in Toulon, before returning to home soil in the Aviva Premiership against London Wasps on Sunday, April 14 (3.45pm). The last two games of the regular league season are away to Bath and then home to London Irish on Saturday, May 4.