Supporters welcome new stand and the return of star Manu Tuilagi

manuBy Mark Farmer

A redeveloped stand has been unveiled to Leicester Tigers’ supporters with pleasure by the club.

The new ‘West Stand’ was opened at the end of January and has allowed up to 3,000 more spectators to watch their beloved Tigers’ players.

Communications Officer Gary Sherrard, said: “The stand has been an excellent addition to the stadium.

“It has replaced old buildings and now the fans are tighter in.

“A more enclosed stadium brings further atmosphere to the ground.”

The stand has come at a cost of £8million.

Sherrard said: “We are now hoping to make the costs back through ticket sales.”

The stand seems to be offering great value so far as Leicester ran out 31-27 winners over Exeter Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.

The fixture also features the return of England international and club star Manu Tuilagi.

Tuilagi has spent time out on the sidelines after suffering from a hamstring injury.

He has also been recalled to the England set-up for the Six Nations clash against rivals Wales on Saturday.

Despite Leicester Tigers’ Head Coach, Richard Cockerill, expressing concerns.

Cockerill told The Telegraph his centre was “not ready for 80 minutes of Test rugby”.

Although Cockerill believes Tuilagi is a few games away from match sharpness, the club are delighted to see him training with England.

Sherrard, said: “It’s great to see him back in the frame.

“It may be too soon for him to be playing test match rugby again but he can benefit the squad.”