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Tigers crowd salutes the fallen

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Leicester Tigers and visitors Gloucester Rugby paid their respects in the home game nearest to Remembrance Sunday at Welford Road this weekend.

A minute’s silence was immaculately observed by the crowd and the players from both teams after the playing of The Last Post by bugler Matthew Roland from the Oadby & Wigston Scout & Guide Band just ahead of kick-off.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collectors were also based around the stadium and the club would like to thank everyone for the generosity in their support.

Supporters are also helping to raise the funds for a Leicester Tigers Foundation Monument which will commemorate those who gave their lives in armed conflict. The 12-metre high Tigers monument will stand outside the main entrance at Welford Road in memory of the 46 Leicester players and 100 Barbarians players who lost their lives in the fighting.

You can get involved by purchasing a limited-edition Foundation Crown – a special coin which displays the crest of the Leicestershire Regiment and Leicester Tigers – alongside having your name engraved at the base of the monument. 

The £110 Foundation Crown donation will go towards the funding to develop and build the archway.  This includes a special invitation to the proposed unveiling event at Welford Road in November 2018.

Along with the monument, a new discovery app which will support the project is in development and will offer fans an interactive way to learn about Tigers heritage.

Founded in 1880, the Tigers team at the time included a number of officers from the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, nicknamed the ‘Tigers’ and throughout the history of the rugby club, men from the regiment have been involved in the team and administration.

The monument will serve to recognise those whose lives have been affected by injury in rugby or in conflict and how Tigers are working with disability sport to offer inspiration and support.

The club’s heritage projects also supports the work of the Leicester Tigers Foundation which provides opportunities in the community for inclusive sport, disability sports and education.

All proceeds from the Foundation Crown will go towards the club’s heritage projects.

In order to obtain your Foundation crown you can go online at www.leicestertigers.com/heritage or visit the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road or call 0116 319 8888 (option 2)