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Leicester Tigers sack Cockerill as director of rugby with Mauger taking over in interim role

The former England hooker has been at the helm since 2010.

Richard Cockerill File Photo 46 year-old Cockerill took over as boss in January 2009 Source: David Davies

LEICESTER TIGERS HAVE announced that Richard Cockerill will leave his position as director of rugby with the club.

Leicester, who are competing against Munster in the pool stages of the Champions Cup, made the revelation today with Cockerill having held his current position since 2010.

The former England hooker has been on the coaching staff at the club since 2004. Leicester currently lie third in their Champions Cup pool while they are fifth in the Aviva Premiership. They lost out yesterday 16-12 to Saracens at Welford Road.

“It is with great sadness and regret that I leave my position as director of rugby with immediate effect,” said Cockerill in a statement.

“I still believe that I am the right person to lead the team at this present time but respect the Board’s decision to make change as they see fit in the best interests of the club.

“This club has made me the person and the coach I am today and I will never forget what they have done for me.”

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