Leicester Tigers is the club with the most pedigree in the land. No other club comes close to their eleven Premiership titles. This success is often built on a monstrous pack which is ingrained in the fabric of the club. Their forwards are a cross between something you'd find in Lord of the Rings and at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Dean Richards, Neil Back, Graham Rowntree, Lewis Moody, Martin Johnson, Martin Corry and of course Richard Cockerill are just some of the players who have spawned from the blood and mud of Leicester's training paddock.
Between 2004/05 to 2012/13, Leicester made nine consecutive Premiership Finals and lifted the trophy on four occasions. It was a golden era for the club largely under the stewardship of Richard Cockerill. Unfortunately, the Tigers have been through a period of pain over the last few seasons. After the sacking the sacking of Cockerill, Leicester went through a turbulent phase under Matt O'Connor and Geordan Murphy. The club came close to relegation in 2018/19 and 2019/20 when they finished 11th in both seasons.
The appointment of current England coach Steve Borthwick put the club back on the straight and narrow. Borthwick took Leicester back to basics with a game plan revolving around the set piece and kick chase. Leicester's second season under Borthwick was a dominant one. The club had developed a new crop of talented youngsters including Freddie Steward, Ollie Chessum, George Martin, Dan Kelly and Jack van Poortvliet. The Tigers began the season with a fifteen-match winning run. Leicester then snatched the title in the Final with a dramatic 79th minute drop goal from Freddie Burns.
However, last season the sacking of Eddie Jones by England Rugby sent a shockwave through the Midlands side. Halfway through the season, the RFU came calling for Borthwick and Rugby League legend, Kevin Sinfield (Defence Coach). The heart was ripped from the club and scrum half Richard Wiggleworth stepped in as interim head coach where he battled the club to the semi finals against the odds.
A new chapter begins for Leicester under Australian Director of Rugby, Dan McKellar. The former Wallabies Assistant Coach will be looking to put his own mark on Welford Road. However, McKellar will unlikely deviate too far away from the Tigers' love of mauling and forwards focus that is ingrained in the English giants.