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Tigers pay tribute to City neighbours

Steve Borthwick and Ben Youngs have praised Leicester City Football Club, after the Leicester Tigers neighbours reached the FA Cup Final - their first in more than 50 years - with a win over Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers were among those tuned in to the radio en route back to the East Midlands after the Gallagher Premiership fixture away to Bath in Round 16, listening as City claimed a 1-0 victory to secure a place in the Final at Wembley against Chelsea.

Speaking about City at the club’s Oval Park training base, Borthwick said: "We were delighted to see them make it through to the FA Cup Final."

"You can see, clearly, the progress Leicester City have made under Brendan Rodgers and his coaching team … they are competing at the very top of the Premier League and have now reached a FA Cup Final, it’s great to see.

"We will be cheering them on in the FA Cup Final and also throughout the rest of their Premier League season.

"It would be fantastic to see them bring some silverware back to Leicester."

Youngs echoed Borthwick’s sentiment in being pleased for the Tigers football neighbours, as well as the City fans inside the Tigers camp. 

"It’s great for the city and great for one of our masseuses, Rob, who is just punishing when it comes to supporting Leicester City,” said Youngs.

"He is mad for them and no matter how they perform, whatever their result, he is their biggest supporter and just goes on and on about them.

"I’m pleased for him, definitely, and all of the Leicester City fans within our environment and across the city and county.”

Speaking about the potential silverware for City, the 31-year-old added: "We want to see Leicester teams in every sport be successful, we’re proud to be part of the city and part of this county of Leicestershire and are proud whenever a team from our town is achieving great things.”

Leicester City face Chelsea at Wembley on May 15.