A silence is being observed at all games involving English clubs in Europe this weekend in recognition of the contribution made to the English and European game by Walkinshaw who died last Sunday at the age of 64.
The majority owner and Chairman of Gloucester Rugby, Walkinshaw was noted as a driving force in the professional club game over the last 15 years, not only in the success of the game in England, but also in the creation of European club competitions. He also served two terms as Chairman of Premiership Rugby and led the negotiations with the RFU for a long-term agreement running through to Rugby World Cup 2015.
Leicester Tigers executive chairman Peter Tom: “I got to know Tom well over the last 15 years and, while we had our rivalries on the pitch, he was a always hospitable host at Kingsholm and a welcome guest at Welford Road. Tom was a real driving force in club rugby and the game will be poorer for his passing.”
Please endeavour to arrive in your places at Welford Road in good time on Sunday ahead of the minute’s silence. Kick-off is at 3pm.