- Nottingham welcome Leicester Tigers for pre-season hit-out
- East Midlands clash comes to Lady Bay Sports Ground
Photo: Tania Richards
Nottingham will kick-off their pre-season campaign when local East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers come to town on Saturday, August 16.
After a two-year absence, the fixture returns to both clubs' pre-season plans with the match being played at Lady Bay Sports Ground for the first time, kicking off at 3pm.
Nottingham have three pre-season fixtures against Leicester Tigers at home (August 16), with Loughborough Students (23 August) and Coventry (30 August) away. The league season kicks off on the evening of Friday 5 September when the Green and Whites welcome Bedford to Meadow Lane in a rematch of the play-off semi-final from 2013. Kick off is 8pm.
Commenting on pre-season training and the prospect of facing the Tigers, Head Coach Martin Haag said:
"We've had a very good pre-season so far and the lads are raring to go. The bulk of our squad is the same as last year, we've added some strength in key positions and I'm pleased with how things are at the moment.
"We've got three tough pre-season matches coming up and it doesn't get any harder than facing the Tigers in the first of them. Their squad is littered with international talent and they are going to be a real test for our lads and that's what we want.
"We have a great group here at Nottingham and they've been working really hard over the last seven weeks. They are now chomping at the bit to get out and play and what better way to start than facing Leicester.”
The match will be played at Nottingham's training ground, Lady Bay Sports Ground in West Bridgford. It is the first time Leicester will have visited Lady Bay and it will be quite a different experience to the one they are used to.
On deciding to take the match to Nottingham's training base, Operations Director, Chris Simon added:
"Meadow Lane is a great facility for professional rugby, but unfortunately, the ground was unavailable for this particular weekend during pre-season. We had the opportunity for a match against Leicester and were extremely keen not to let this one go by. We looked at a couple of venues, but decided that playing at Lady Bay was the best all round.
"We've hosted matches here before, the last being the league game against Leeds in 2013. It's a great community facility and enables us to create a really traditional rugby experience. Fans can get right up close to the action and enjoy a pint of real ale, pie and chips at the same time.”
Tickets for the both the Tigers and Bedford matches can be purchased from the club's office by calling 0115 907 0070, or via the website at www.nottinghamrugby.com.
Advance tickets for the Tigers match are priced at £12 adults and £6 for children with discounts for Nottingham Rugby season-ticket holders. Fans are encouraged to buy in advance as Lady Bay has a limited ground capacity.