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Leicester Tigers can cope without Cockerill

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Leicester's director of rugby Richard Cockerill thinks the team will cope fine without him, as he is to serve a nine-match touchline ban at the start of next season.

The suspension was given by the RFU after the former England international was reported for using bad language when complaining to fourth official Stuart Terheege during his team's Aviva Premiership final victory over the Northampton Saints at Twickenham in May.

The Tigers have since appealed the decision, but the 43-year-old seems undeterred by his punishment, and he cited his four-match ban in 2009 for verbally abusing a referee as an example of the team coping without him.

He told BBC Radio Leicester: "We will just get on with it, work hard and I'm not overly concerned about it.

"I don't go out there and play. I am not scrummaging, kicking the goals or affecting the play. We have coped with it [Cockerill being suspended] before so I am sure we will be fine again."

Cockerill's appeal will be heard by Gareth Rees QC, Jeremy Summers and Dr Julian Morris in London.

The former Leicester player thinks the experience of the senior players and coaches around him will mean the side are able to handle the matches he will miss.

"On match days the players will take the lead. We have some very experienced players who have played a lot of Test match rugby, and a lot of rugby here in lots of big games,” he added.

"Will it affect us or not? I don't know. But we will just get on with it."

 

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