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Matchday support for earthquake relief funds this weekend

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Leicester Tigers will be raising funds for earthquake relief in New Zealand this weekend with the sale of wristbands at Welford Road.

Tigers host Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (3.15pm) and volunteers will be selling the 'all black' wristbands to assist with funding the relief efforts in the earthquake-hit Christchurch area.

Club chairman Peter Tom CBE said: “The rugby family always pulls together in times of need and, of course, New Zealand is a major nation in the game. There is a strong feeling within the club that we would like to do something.

“Leicester Tigers have had many links with New Zealand over the years and we have a strong representation in the current squad.

“Our thoughts are with them and their families and friends at this time and I know our supporters feel the same way.”

Wristbands will be on sale throughout the public and corporate areas of the stadium on matchday.

Tigers’ Kiwi contingent, led by Craig Newby, Thomas Waldrom and Christchurch-born Scott Hamilton, have staged on online auction of signed shirts and players’ boots which was also in aid of earthquake relief funds.

Winning bids in the auction totaled £2,000, with Waldrom’s No8 shirt attracting the highest individual bid of more than £400.

Hamilton said: “The support has been awesome. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken part and made a bid. It’s difficult when you’re this far away but we just wanted to do something and show that we were thinking of all those people back home.”

Tickets for Saturday's game are available now. Phone the hotline on 0844 856 1880, call in at Welford Road or book online.