Leicester Tigers release attack coach Rob Taylor on compassionate grounds

By Oliver Taylor

The Leicester Tigers released attack coach Rob Taylor from his contract on Tuesday.

Taylor joined the Tigers in July. He was released on compassionate grounds, allowing him to return to his native New Zealand amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Academy coach Matt Smith will inherit the attack coach role on an interim basis.

On a statement released on the Tigers’ website, head coach Steve Borthwick said: “On behalf of the players, coaching team and everybody at Leicester Tigers, I thank Rob for his efforts and contribution to our club.

“It has been a shorter stay than we would have all hoped, but we are grateful for what he has given to Tigers and wish him well in whatever comes next.”

The Tigers will begin the upcoming Premiership Rugby season against Gloucester Rugby at 3pm on Saturday, November 21.

Leicester Tigers announce double signing ahead of 2020/21 season

By Erik Dawson

Leicester Tigers welcomed ex Fijian international player Nemani Nadolo, as well as Georgian international Shalva Mamukashvili to Welford Road yesterday (March 2) in a double signing ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Welford Road has become home for the two new signings this month

Fans can look forward to Nadolo, the 6ft5 winger/centre using his blistering pace to help the team in their efforts to climb the Premiership.

He has joined Tigers from French side Montpellier, where he boasted an impressive record of 53 tries in 68 games.

In a tweet posted by Leicester Tigers, Nadolo is quoted: “Tigers is everything I’m looking for in a club… family first and the vision they have moving forward is something I wanted to be a part of.”

The 32-year-old outside back has reportedly signed a 2-year deal in the latest saga of his career that has taken him from the Japanese Green Rockets, New Zealand team Crusaders, as well as his former side Montpellier.

Tigers also signed 29-year-old Shalva Mamukashvili yesterday, who looks to bring his hard-scrummaging style of play to the hooker position in next season’s forward pack.

The Georgian international has made 68 appearances for his country, scoring a total of 30 points so far, and has played for clubs such as Sale Sharks, Glasgow Warriors and French sides Montpellier and Toulon.

In Leicester Tigers’ tweet announcing his signing, they quote Mamukashvili saying: “I will give my one-hundred percent on the field and I will put my body on the line for the club.”

The two signings will assist the squad in their hopes for a successful campaign next season, after a disappointing past two years.

Rutendo Ranjisi, a second year Accounting and Finance student at DMU, said: “Both of them are great signings and should hopefully strengthen the squad enough so that we can compete at the top of the premiership next season.”

Tigers forward scores winning try for England

By James Wynn

Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge scored England’s only try as they beat Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield to win the Calcutta Cup.

The seven point victory was England’s first of the 2020 Six Nations campaign, and meant that England won the annual trophy for the first time since 2017.

Out of the five Tigers players to make England’s Six Nations squad, only George Ford and Jonny May started the match.

Genge came on as a 57th substitute to score the try, with his teammate Ben Youngs entering the field two minutes later.

Centre Manu Tuilagi is currently suffering a groin injury.

Paralysed ex-rugby player Matt Hampson to headline De Montfort University Autism Awareness events

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

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Matt Hampson will tell De Montfort students with disabilities to ‘Get Busy Living’

Former professional rugby player Matt Hampson will be bringing his message of “Get Busy Living” to De Montfort University with a motivational speech as part of Autism Awareness Week.

Matt, who was paralysed from the neck down in 2005 following an accidental injury during training, will be giving a talk in the atrium of the Students’ Union on Tuesday(APR2).

His talk at midday will be part of the Get Busy Living Fair which runs from 11am until 3pm on the day.

The former England youth international now frequently gives motivational speeches about his experiences, through The Matt Hampson Foundation, which was set up in 2011.

Dani Findley, Lead Autism Specialist Mentor at DMU, said: “Matt is a very inspiring person, the way he speaks about disability is inspiring for anyone, not just those with disabilities.

“It feels great to have Matt and his team involved with DMU.”

The DMU Autism Team cheekily borrowed Matt’s signature phrase Get Busy Living for the fair, which itself hails from the film The Shawshank Redemption, as they feel it is “empowering but not patronising.”

Dani said: “To me it means whatever life throws at you, pick yourself up and live the life you deserve.”

There will also be students with autism speaking about their experiences at the fair, which it is hoped will give insight into the day-to-day life of an autistic student.

With more than 300 autistic students on campus, Dani said that staff and students should be aware of how to make their lives that little bit easier.

“There is a big misconception about what autism is, it is good for people to learn further.”


Mabel in her silly socks

The week’s events start on Monday and culminate with Silly Sock Day on Friday, April 5. Students and staff are encouraged to don their daftest pair and take a photo with the hashtag #sillysockdaydmu.

Dani has already signed one pair of soles up to the silly sock scheme – her dog Mabel will be the face (or paw) of the university’s Twitter campaign. It should certainly help to make it a sock-cess.

For more information visit: www.dmu.ac.uk/current-students/hot-topics/2019/march/autism-awareness-week-at-dmu.aspx

Another loss for DMU in rugby Varsity

By James Cannell

Both the men’s and women’s rugby first teams played this year’s Varsity game on Wednesday in Leicester but saw DMU lose in dramatic fashion.


Far from scoring: DMU’s women’s team desperately trying to push for a try

Both teams played the full 80 minutes, but DMU failed to score a single try in either match, with the women losing 49-0 and the men 53-3.

The University of Leicester once again held on to the women’s title for the 14th year running while the DMU men’s team haven’t won since 2012.

This weekend will see the two universities go up against each other again in cycling, netball and basketball as well the rugby second and third teams. The timetable for all fixtures is available at: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/varsity/fixtures.aspx.