The names of 100 Barbarians and 46 Leicester Tigers who lost their lives during the two World Wars will be recognised on a monument due to be built outside the main entrance at the Welford Road.
The monument, designed by Harvey Gardiner FRSA and sculpted by the internationally-acclaimed artist Steven Winterburn, will feature two magnificent bronze tigers set on to an Art Deco Corten Steel base, standing 12 metres high to act as a gateway arch into the stadium.
Volunteers are hoping to raise £180,000 towards the £250,000 project cost which is supported by Leicester Tigers Foundation and will also feature an interactive app and website where fans can find out more about the commemorated players, their achievements and their rugby careers, serving as an inspiration to future generations.
The statue, due to be unveiled in November 2018, will also recognise the regiments, schools, clubs and universities for whom they played and builds on links forged between Leicester and the Barbarians, who first played each other in 1909 and have met 94 times since.
“The monument will be named ‘Come on, the Tigers’ – a rallying cry for the rugby team that originated as the Royal Leicestershire Regiment’s battle cry.”Harvey Gardiner
Gardiner, a museum installations designer from Kibworth in Leicestershire and a lifelong Tigers fan, said: “As part of the Time Team at Welford Road, it’s great to announce the support of the Barbarians in remembrance. The players who will be recognised on the Foundation monument will serve to further emphasise the strong links between the Baa-Baas and Tigers.
“The monument will be named ‘Come on, the Tigers’ – a rallying cry for the rugby team that originated as the Royal Leicestershire Regiment’s battle cry.”
Anyone interested in supporting the memorial should click here and fans can also show support by making a donation of £110 to receive a Leicester Tigers Foundation Crown, a limited edition coin which commemorates the heritage project.
Donors will also receive an invitation to the launch event for the monument and supporters' names will be etched into the base.