Rugby Union: Underwood to leave Leicester

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Rory Underwood has been released by Leicester. The former England winger, who turned 34 last week, will sign off from his 14-year Tigers career with a testimonial match at Welford Road on 26 July.

Leicester's chief executive, Peter Wheeler, said: "Rory has had a fantastic career for the Tigers, England and the Lions, but he felt it was time to leave as training during the day on a daily basis was proving difficult with his RAF commitments."

Underwood, who scored 134 tries in 236 appearances for Leicester, won a record 85 caps for England and played six times for the Lions. He scored an English record 49 tries.

"My final game for Leicester will give me a chance to thank all the Tigers supporters who have given me such great pleasure over the years," Underwood said yesterday.

Northampton's Mike Dods has been called into Scotland's injury-hit tour party in South Africa ahead of today's clash with Northern Transvaal in Pretoria.

The European Conference has been expanded from 24 to 32 teams for the 1997-98 season with 16 French teams. Welsh representation has been cut from seven to four following the reduction in size of the Welsh Rugby Union's First Division.

SCOTLAND XV: H Gilmour (Heriot's FP); A Stanger (Hawick), C Murray (Hawick), R Eriksson (London Scottish), C Joiner (Leicester); D Hodge (Watsonians), A Nicol (Bath, capt); G Graham (Newcastle), G Bulloch (West of Scotland), M Stewart (Northampton), S Campbell (Melrose), S Grimes (Watsonians), E Peters (Bath), C Hogg (Melrose), S Holmes (London Scottish). Replacements: S Longstaff (Dundee HSFP), M Dods (Northampton), G Burns (Watsonians), S Murray (Bedford), B Stewart (Edinburgh Academicals), S Brotherstone (Melrose).

NORTHERN TRANSVAAL: G Bouwer; G Esterhuizen, J Schutte, K van Vuuren, C Steyn; R de Marigny, C Breytenbach; L Campher, H Tromp, M Hurter, D Badenhorst, R Schroeder, J Brooks, A Richter (capt), S Bekker. Replacements: K Engelbrecht, F Meiring, J Taljaard, N van der Walt, J Otto, M Proudfoot.

Comments