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Louis pleased to return to action

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Lock Louis Deacon says he was pleased to be back playing rugby after ending his nine-month injury absence on Monday night.

The England international captained Leicester Tigers Development XV to a 48-19 win over Gloucester United in the Guinness A League at Welford Road.

Deacon played the first-half on his return from a back injury that has kept him out since the EDF Energy Cup Final at Twickenham in April.

He said: “It’s been a long time since I played – too long really. It’s been about eight or nine months and it is nice to be back.

“There were no problems with my back at all so, hopefully, I can kick on from now and play a bit more next week.”

Flanker Ben Woods returned from a knee injury to score a hat-trick, Alesana Tuilagi, who was also coming back from a knee problem, grabbed a try and there were also scores for Sam Vesty, Dan Hemingway, Ben Pienaar and Tom Varndell.

Deacon said: “It was a really good team performance. As well as me, there were a few others who have been out injured and a lot of the other guys haven’t played a lot recently.

“They had a point to prove and the way the guys played showed that.

“We said before the game that we wanted to run it a little bit and run around and I think the guys enjoyed it.”