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Tigers pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Leicester Tigers players, supporters and officials joined Montpellier and the rest of the rugby family in paying their respects to Nelson Mandela at Sunday's Heineken Cup fixture.

The two teams and match officials lined up on the pitch and came together with a Welford Road crowd of more than 21,000 for an immaculately observed minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of the former South Africa president, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela, who memorably handed over the Rugby World Cup to the South Africa national team after their Final victory on home turf in 1995, saw sport as a way of bringing people together and changing the world for the better.

"Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela famously said. “It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people, in a way that little else does.”