Cockerill signs new Tigers deal
May 31, 2012
Richard Cockerill has re-signed with Leicester © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers have announced that director of rugby Richard Cockerill has penned a new three-year deal with the club.
Cockerill has led the Tigers to huge success over the past few years after taking the post of head coach during the 2008-09 season and then moving into the director of rugby position in July 2010. He has guided the Tigers to the final of the Premiership in each of his four seasons and also scooped the title in 2009 and 2010 along with the Anglo-Welsh Cup this term.
Cockerill - who joined the Tigers back in 1992 and made 262 appearances in the front-row - has become an integral part of the set-up and for chairman Peter Tom this is a key reason behind their success.
"He has established a strong backroom team as well as developing a strong playing squad, and he has continued to grow into the role as director of rugby with each season," Tom said of Cockerill. "He is very aware of the role that the club's unique culture plays in our present and our future, and we look forward to him continuing to drive the team forward in coming seasons."
For Cockerill, he will hope his side start next season better than they did this and has his eyes firmly set on future success at Welford Road. He said: "This is a very special place to work and to play your rugby, and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some very successful teams here.
"I enjoy being able to work with players and staff who thrive in this environment, whether they come through the club's academy or come in from outside. We've got a very good squad and a very strong team behind the scenes, and I hope we can continue to bring success to this great club."
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