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Thanks to Forces, Dennis and Derby Day win

Rugby returned to Welford Road for the first time since mid-January with more than 23,500 supporters braving Storm Dennis to cheer Tigers to victory over rivals Wasps. 

With 'Dennis' one of the major talking points ahead of the kick-off, the fixture saw the club recognise the work of the uniformed services with a number of activities, stalls and entertainment marking the occasion. 

Uniformed services

Representatives from Leicester Police and Ambulance services, as well as the RNLI, Navy, RAF Reserves and Royal Anglian Regiment took over the Plaza and the Final Whistle Bar, with the Thurmaston Marching Brass Band providing the soundtrack ahead of kick-off.

Some of the region's highest-ranking officials from the armed forces were also in attendance, posing for an official photograph recognising the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant – an agreement by the club to help support and promote opportunities for servicemen and women. 

Uniformed services

On the pitch, Tigers matched the mood with a hard-fought victory thanks to tries from Greg Bateman and Telusa Veainu to make it three home wins in a row at Welford Road. 

The biggest crowd of the season so far included those booked through a special offer for current and active members of the uniformed services as well as groups from local rugby clubs and schools.

Lichfield, Syston and North Walsham rugby clubs helped crank up the atmosphere as our Guard of Honour and Flagshaker groups welcoming both teams on to the pitch. 

Guard of honour

Tigers' victory wasn’t the end of the activities as eight under-10 teams took part in the first Prima Tiger Cup matches to be played at the stadium this season. Proud parents and coaches watched from the stands as their youngsters walked out and played on the famous Welford Road turf. 

Tigers are at home again on Saturday, February 29 with Worcester Warriors the opponents following an away trip to Sale Sharks this coming weekend. 


The Worcester match marks the club’s Celebrate Inclusion Day which aims to promote and increase awareness of the matchday experience for supporters with physical and hidden disabilities. 

Match tickets are available from the Tigers ticket office by calling 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or click the link below.