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New look in the 'A' League at Welford Road

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Premiership ‘A’ League action returns to Welford Road on September 25 with a new format and some new attractions for supporters.

After victory away to Worcester Cavaliers and defeat at Northampton last weekend, the Tigers Development XV host Wasps in the first home game of the campaign on Monday, September 25 and there are some important changes which we hope will help to make matchday a more enjoyable experience for all supporters and encourage more supporters to follow the action.

Season ticket holders can gain free entry to ‘A’ League fixtures on production of their season ticket and will also receive four free tickets via email to pass on to friends and family.

Entry for all other supporters is £5 adults, £1 juniors in advance or at the ticket office on the way to the turnstiles. Book in person, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online.

All supporters will now be housed in the lower tier of the Holland & Barrett Stand, where there is more space to use the bar and food kiosks in the concourse and access to the Junior Tigers Club.

Final Whistle is open from 5.30pm for pre-match food and refreshments – perfect for supporters who travel to Welford Road straight from work – and the Junior Tigers Club will be open for young supporters from 6.00pm ahead of kick-off at 7.00pm.

The Premiership Suite in the Holland & Barrett Stand will be open for 1880 members, and the executive boxes in the Mattioli Woods Stand will be available to holders.

Summer signings Gareth Owen, Valentino Mapapalangi and Jonah Holmes have played in the opening games in the ‘A’ League, with young full-back Jordan Olowofela claiming a hat-trick of tries in the win at Worcester and development squad hooker Harry Mahoney also claiming three tries in two games so far.

The ‘A’ League programme includes 10 games this season, which is double the number from, recent years. Clubs have five games at home and five away in the Northern Conference which includes Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Wanderers, Sale Jets, Wasps and Worcester Cavaliers. The remaining six Premiership clubs, plus Bristol, line up in the southern section. The top two teams in the pools will progress to the semi-finals.

Tigers host Wasps on September 25 and then have a Sunday afternoon fixture against Newcastle Falcons on October 1. There are three further rounds before Christmas, a New Year leg and three rounds in the run-in to the end of the campaign before the semi-finals and final scheduled for April.

Bring the family along and support the Tigers.