Leicester City on course to finish higher than rugby union's Leicester Tigers for first time

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Seven points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League table, Leicester City are not only closing in on an unlikely title win but edging nearer to usurping Leicester Tigers as the city's most successful sporting team.

Since the introduction of league rugby back in 1987, the Tigers have emerged as the most successful English club in the world of rugby union.

Over the past 29 years, the Tigers have collected an impressive ten league titles - four more than nearest rivals Bath and Wasps - while also reaching nine Premiership finals during that time.


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Leicester Tigers have also played in every single incarnation of the European Rugby Champions Cup - or Heineken Cup, as it was previously known - since its inception, winning the trophy twice and appearing in three more finals along the way.

More impressive still, the Tigers have never finished outside of the top six and have never been relegated from English rugby union's top division.

It is this particular statistic that is most relevant when it comes to Leicester City who, statistically speaking, have forever lived in the shadow of their rugby playing neighbours.

Since 1987, the Foxes have finished lower in the English football league standings compared to the Tigers and the English rugby union league system.

However, as we edge closer to the 30th anniversary of the current league rugby system, Leicester City finally look set to outdo their cross-town, cross-sport rivals.

Top of the Premier League, the Foxes are faring much better than the Tigers at present who are fourth in the Aviva Premiership and seven points off third and a further 12 behind leaders Saracens.

With a top two finish all-but assured for Leicester City and a Premier League title win increasingly on the cards, sports fans in the East Midlands may soon be switching their interest from rugby to football - though few would begrudge them for that.

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