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The Final Countdown: Parling and Dickson look ahead to LV= final battle

16 March 2012

  • Countdown to Sunday's clash begins
  • Dickson and Parling look ahead to LV= final
The countdown to the LV= Cup final has begun...

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With the countdown officially on to Sunday’s LV= Cup final at Sixways Stadium, Leicester Tigers back-row Geoff Parling and Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson took time out from England training to speak to about the scale of the East Midlands derby clash.

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Looking ahead to the LV= Cup final between Leicester and local rivals Northampton, Parling said:

“They are always huge occasions. Leicester will approach it as they would any other game but in terms of bragging rights in the midlands and how the fans react to the game they are absolutely huge.

“There is always that extra bit of intensity when Leicester and Northampton play.”

Parling and the rest of England’s Leicester contingent will head to Sixways on Sunday to watch the match.

He said: “The Leicester guys are all going up. We have a de-brief here on Sunday morning and then we’ll all head up there to support the boys.

“Silverware is important. This season we had a tough start when the guys were away at the World Cup. I think our general performances since have been good but a bit of silverware is important to look back on at the end of the season and think we did well there. Also, it’s good to get the confidence up pushing towards the end of season.”

Scrum half Lee Dickson pauses for breath during an England training session 

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Asked which players fans should be looking out for Parling said: “There is a guy that is a bit of a crowd favourite called Logovi'i Mulipola and he is someone who gets the ball in hand and he’s a big Samoan prop. He’s definitely one to look out for.”

We said from the offset the LV Cup’s an important trophy - Dickson

Speaking with his Saints hat on, Lee Dickson also commented on the importance of Sunday’s fixture, saying:

“LV= Cup is a brilliant occasion, we’ve won it before, two years ago, and it probably makes it even more special that we’re playing against Leicester as well. After the game at the weekend me, Dylan, Ashy and Fodes are getting in the car and going up there to support the lads. We’ll make sure we sit quite cloase to the Leicester boys at the game and give them a bit of friendly banter.

“We said from the offset the LV Cup’s an important trophy and it’s good that its still around, it shows depth in the squads. We’ve won it before and any silverware is brilliant so we’re going up there to win the cup and bring it back to Northampton.”

The countdown is on! Pledge your allegiance for your club in the East Midlands derby clash by including #TigersLV or #SaintsLV over the weekend to show your support.  The LV= Cup final, Sunday March 18, Sixways Stadium, KO 3PM.

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