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Welford Road to host varsity clashes

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Welford Road hosts the varsity matches between De Montfort University and the University of Leicester on Wednesday March 18.A double-bill of rugby action kicks-off with the women’s game at 6.30pm followed by the men’s match at 8.05pm.   And on opposite sides of the varsity divide are Leicester Tigers teammates Terrence Hepetema and Anthony Allen, who have been coaching the teams involved.   Tigers and England centre Allen has been coaching at the University of Leicester while Hepetema has been helping out at DMU.   “We’re running some sessions for the guys and doing some full coaching” Hepetema told RFU.com. “It’s a bit of fun and I’ve been looking at maybe going into coaching after retirement so it has helped with that too.”   Allen said: “I thought the opportunity seemed like fun and a chance to have a go at coaching. It’s something good for the CV too. Any experience is good experience and the uni teams get plenty out of it as well.”   Hepetema adds: “I’m learning a lot from it. It’s non-professional and most of the guys are there to enjoy it. It’s helped me learn how to simplify certain things we do for Tigers and break drills down into step-by-step guides. It’s great getting back to the basics of rugby.”   Allen adds: “It’s all friendly banter really and a bit of a wind-up. When it comes to game day the boys will be up for it and it may get a bit more serious but really it’s a bit of fun.”   De Montfort University and University of Leicester students can buy tickets at their respective Students’ Union or via their men’s and women’s rugby teams.   Or visit the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road, call 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or buy online at www.leicestertigers.com/varsity using promotional code VARSITY15 to get an early bird discount.