Leicester Tigers began their 2006/7 Heineken Cup campaign with an agonising 21-19 defeat at the hands of European champions Munster a week ago today.
Pat Howard's side came back from a nine-point half time deficit to lead 19-18 with five minutes to play, before Ronan O'Gara's 51 metre penalty broke Tigers hearts.
Tigers went into that match on the back four successive victories, beginning with a first away triumph of the season at NEC Harlequins in late September. They followed that success with two wins on the bounce in the newly-named EDF Energy Cup, scoring 10 tries in the process and booking their place in the semi-finals with a game to spare. Next came a hardfought victory over East Midlands rivals Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership at Franklin's Gardens.
Unfortunately for the Leicester faithful, that winning run came to an end in disappointing fashion at Welford Road last Sunday to leave Tigers in third position after the opening round of pool 4 matches.
As a club, Leicester Tigers have mixed memories of Cardiff's
Millennium Stadium, having lost out to London Wasps in last season's Anglo-Welsh cup four years after recording one of their greatest ever victories. In May 2002, over 70,000 supporters saw Tigers claim their second European title
courtesy of a 15-9 victory over Munster. That victory ensured Tigers became the first club in the tournament's history to win back-toback Heineken Cups.
Tigers captain Martin Corry is in line to make his 51st Heineken Cup appearance this afternoon, having started 48 times and come off the bench twice during his nine years with
the club. Last weekend Corry joined Martin Johnson, Graham Rowntree and Austin Healey as the fourth Leicester
player to reach this landmark since English sides entered the competition in 1997/98.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.