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Kick off international season at Tigers

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The build-up to the next Rugby World Cup starts on Friday evening when Welford Road, home of English champions Leicester Tigers, hosts the opening clash of the international season.

England Saxons - featuring an exciting group of the country's top young players and only one step away from Brian Ashton's senior squad - host Ireland A in what promises to be a memorable occasion.

England's senior squad begin a new era with a match against Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship on Saturday, but it is the Saxons who set the ball rolling at Leicester the previous evening and all of the players will be looking to make a mark in the first international occasion since England reached the World Cup Final in France last autumn.

Friday's entertainment kicks off with a tournament featuring under-nine and under-10 teams on the Welford Road pitch and the youngsters will also enjoy a lap of honour in front of a big crowd, while four under-15 teams who compete in their own tournament over the weekend will also share in the occasion.

An Irish dance troupe and the club’s resident band will appear in the Tiger Bar before and after the game, and there is the chance to win a fantastic trip to the Barclays Churchill Cup to see the Saxons-Ireland A rematch this summer in a half-time competition.

The prize includes return flights to Toronto with British Airways, the tournament’s official airline, plus three nights’ accommodation and match tickets for two people to the Barclays Churchill Cup match between England Saxons and Ireland A in Toronto on Saturday, June 14.

To make sure you are in with a chance to win this great trip, join the crowd at Welford Road on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Match tickets are on sale now from the Tigers ticket office, call 08701 28 34 30 or book online at http://www.leicestertigers.com/. Prices are from £20 adult standing and £23 seating, with concessions,  junior and family rates available.

Why not book the whole club in – and earn cash back to boost your own funds at the same time.

Tigers are able to offer a Community Cashback scheme, giving your organisation £2 per senior ticket and £1 for every junior ticket bought as part of a group if booked through the Community Department. You could even exchange your cash back for discounted rugby kit/equipment of your choice. Contact the Community Department on 0116 2171 221 for details.