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Tigers face Russian champions in Algarve

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Leicester Tigers face an international challenge against Russian champions Krasny Yar at the Browns Leisure & Sports Club in Vilamoura tomorrow as part of the Algrave Rugby Festival.

Tigers Academy teams have enjoyed recent matches against England and Wales Under-18 sides as well as Canada Under-20s at Welford Road in the last month, and Academy manager Neil McCarthy is looking forward to seeing the players test themselves again in Portugal.

“We take it as a compliment that the national representative squads want to organise fixtures against us and that we’ve been invited to take part in the Algarve Rugby Festival at Browns,” said McCarthy.

“The name of Leicester Tigers is known throughout rugby and we’re delighted to be able to represent the club at the Algarve Festival.

"The facilities at Browns are excellent and this trip provides an opportunity for a new experience for our players.

“A range of testing fixtures is very important for young players in their development and we want to see how they react outside their comfort zone from time to time.

“Playing against a Russian club side is new for us and it will be interesting to see how we go against them and also see how Russian club rugby is developing.”