Will Spencer says he is ‘massively excited’ by the prospect of a first East Midlands derby appearance this weekend.
The mammoth second row, who joined Tigers from Worcester Warriors at the start of the season, missed the first league fixture against Northampton Saints this season through suspension, while head coach Geordan Murphy looked to the club’s development squad for the Premiership Rugby Cup clash at Franklin’s Gardens in January.
And Spencer revealed the excitement in the Tigers ranks – bolstered by the return of six England internationals – is palpable ahead of the match this Friday evening (7.45pm).
“This weekend is a derby game [and] will be my first one,” he said. “It’s something I’m really looking forward to because the boys speak about how different it is and how special it is.
“People like Tommy [Youngs] and Coley have obviously played in a lot of them, and when they speak you know how much it means to them.
“There’s been a real edge to training; there was an edge last week and now even more so with the England boys being back in since Monday.
“We’ve trained really hard and put in some good work.”
“I’m massively looking forward to this one.”Will Spencer
Tigers enjoyed a much-needed rest week last weekend while Northampton saw off Saracens in the final of the inaugural Premiership Rugby Cup.
Spencer explained that the break had afforded the squad an opportunity to reset ahead of a league run-in which sees Tigers host Exeter and Bristol plus trips to Newcastle and Harlequins before Bath head to Welford Road on the final day of the regular season.
“I know it’s a cliché, but it’s definitely a case of taking each game as it comes at this stage of the season,” he added.
“We’re not where we want to be, and we potentially haven’t performed how we wanted to perform throughout the season as a whole so far, but that’s been and gone now.
“I’m massively looking forward to this one. [I want to] get some minutes under my belt and just enjoy playing for Leicester, which I do every time I get out on the pitch.”
A limited number of tickets are still available for this Friday’s (7.45pm) Gallagher Premiership fixture with Northampton Saints, with prices starting at just £30 for adults and £10 for juniors.
Book online, in person or call the Tigers ticket office 0116 319 8888 (option 2) to secure your place.