Leicester Tigers representatives visited the Dehli Hurricanes in India supporting a celebration of rugby across the region.
Around 2,000 rugby fans enjoyed a day of youth and senior matches in the club’s annual ‘Rise with Rugby’ festival.
Tigers head of community and global partnerships Scott Clarke joined former England and British Lion Jason Leonard as the club celebrated a championship winning season in style.
Dehli Hurricanes were founded in 2004 and made history this season becoming the first club to have both its Men’s and Women’s teams finish top of the All India & South Asia leagues in the same year.
Clarke, who works with rugby clubs around the world such as Tigers global partner clubs in Kuala Lumpur and Dendermonde, explained: “There is a historic link between Tigers and India as the teams met for the first time ever back at Welford Road in 2003. Dehli Hurricanes head coach Kuldeep Singh Bist actually played in that game against the likes of Brett Deacon and George Chuter.
“When the team visited we did lots of work with both communities and have been working together since to bring both clubs closer. The community of Dehli has come together over the years to support the club which culminated in the club’s success last season winning both the mens and womens leagues.
“Kuldeep and members of the team visited Welford Road, Oval Park training ground as well as schools around the city centre earlier this year to help increase their knowledge and coaching to develop their elite and grass roots offering.
“So to visit Dehli and take in the atmosphere of the ‘Rise with Rugby’ festival has been hugely eye opening and an amazing community experience.
The one-day event was delivered on a huge scale and involved boys and girls, young and senior and it was inspirational to see how rugby was bringing the community together.