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Pre-season training with a punch!

If you are looking to add some punch to your pre-season training programme in Leicester, who better to turn to than a home-grown boxing champion?

So, on the first Saturday of a three-month schedule, that is exactly what Tigers coaches did when they enlisted the help of former English, Commonwealth, EBU & WBA International boxing Champion, Rendall Munroe.

The session also presented a chance for to us to take the boys out of the comfortable surrounds of Oval Park and challenge them in a different environment - with a different voice in Rendall leading the session

Tigers head of strength and condition, Alex Martin

Better known as the Boxing Binman, Munroe answered the call of Leicester's coaches and put his own spin on a gruelling session for those members of the squad who in previous years would have been better known as 'Fat Club'.

However, sticking to the theme, this season they are being referred to as the Bin Bag Bodies - which is being taken quite literally.

Adopting the old-school methods boxing has made famous, Saturday's session attendees wore the bags and will continue to throughout the pre-season programme each Saturday morning.

Speaking about the session, Tigers head of strength and conditioning Alex Martin said: "Rendall is a home-grown, world class athlete and has achieved some incredible feats in boxing - we would be silly not to want to work with him."

"The session also presented a chance for to us to take the boys out of the comfortable surrounds of Oval Park and challenge them in a different environment - with a different voice in Rendall leading the session."

"We had a bit of fun with them too and went old school in having them wear bin bags, which boxers are well known for doing, and I was pleased with how they all jumped right in to it and embraced the challenge."

"Rendall will continue to work with us throughout the pre-season and it's exciting for the club to have someone of his standing and achievements in our corner, so to speak!"

As well as the workout under the guidance of Munroe and his 2BX crew in Leicester, a handful of players had the chance to step in to the ring for a sparring session with the world champion - including George Stankovich, the son of Tigers scrum coach Boris, who went the hour-long session with the players before being asked to face off with the Binman.

In a unanimous decision reached by the judges at the conclusion of the session, George was voted the undisputed winner of the opening week's Bin Bag Bodies session!

Munroe and the 2BX team will continue to work with Tigers throughout the pre-season programme ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, which gets underway in September, and supporters can go behind-the-scenes throughout the summer months on the club's social media channels.