Fixtures - Top Bar

Louis Deacon announces his retirement

LouisDeaconRetires

Leicester Tigers and England second row Louis Deacon has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Deacon made 274 appearances for Tigers as part of a squad that won six Premiership titles and became champions of Europe twice.
 
He is now embarking on a new chapter in his career and has been gaining experience with the Tigers sponsorship and community departments as well as coaching with the Spain squad who opened their European Championships campaign with a 43-20 win over Russia, their first victory in that fixture for 12 years.
 
Deacon was twice voted Tigers Players' Player of the Season and won the first of his 29 Test caps with England in 2005.
 
During his benefit year in 2012/13, a Legends Match at Welford Road which included appearances from Martin Johnson, Martin Corry, Lewis Moody and Darren Garforth, as well as Deacon's younger brother Brett, attracted a crowd of 16,000, beating the gate at any domestic rugby fixture that weekend.
 
He played junior rugby with Syston and Wigston before joining the Tigers youth system and made his senior debut against Cardiff in August 2000 as a 19-year-old.
 
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Deacs is the epitome of the Leicester lad who came through at his hometown club to play at the very highest level of the game.
 
"He has always maintained the ethos of working hard and earning the respect of team-mates first and foremost, and he has been a central part of what makes this club tick for a long time.
 
"He has played in some very successful teams and enjoyed many big days in the team's colours. He has had the respect of those who have worked with him and those who have played against him over the last 14 seasons.
 
"We wish him well for the future and he will always be part of the Tigers Family at Welford Road.”
 
Deacon, 34, said: "The game has moved massively in the 14 years since I made my debut, but I've loved every moment of it.
 
"I have said many times that all I ever wanted to do was play one game for the Leicester Tigers, so to have the opportunity to do that more than 270 times, in massive games all over Europe and alongside so many great players, has been a huge honour. I had hoped to get to 300 but my body has finally beaten me!
 
"I believe loyalty is an important quality in the game and I've been very loyal to Leicester over a long time. It is the kind of club that you want to be part of for as long as possible in your career.
 
"I'd like to thank all of the players, coaches and staff who have been part of my career and also thank all of the Tigers supporters. I wish the Tigers all the very best for the future.
 
"I'll miss the training and the playing, and being part of a group of players who want to do their best for the team week in, week out.
 
"But now it is time to take on a new challenge, whether that is in the game or somewhere else.”

Latest News

Matt Hopper: Harlequins ready for Stade Francais cup final

Harlequins are gearing up for a ‘cup final’ when they visit France in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, but centre…

Harlequins v Saracens - Aviva Premiership

Chris Harris desperate to kick on after Newcastle Falcons return

Newcastle Falcons’ narrow European Rugby Challenge Cup loss to Grenoble may have dashed their hopes of making it through to…

Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gloucester Rugby name side for final European pool game against Bayonne

With a home quarter-final spot resting on the result, Gloucester Rugby make seven changes for the visit of Aviron Bayonnais…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Wasps team to travel to Parma to play Zebre Rugby

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to travel to Parma, for Wasps’ final match in the Champions…

Wasps v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Donncha O’Callaghan to lead Worcester Warriors against Russians

Donncha O’Callaghan will lead Warriors in their final European Challenge Cup game of the 2016/17 campaign against Enisei-STM at Sixways…

Harlequins v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

Bath Rugby name strong side for final European pool game

Bath Rugby have named a strong team to face Pau in the final pool game of the European Rugby Challenge…

Semesa Rokoduguni

Leicester Tigers team news for Champions Cup

Jack Roberts and Luke Hamilton are recalled to the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for the European Champions Cup fixture against…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs side to face ASM Clermont Auvergne

Whether history repeats itself for Exeter Chiefs in the European Champions Cup only time will tell, but head coach Rob…

Michele Campagnaro scored twice in Exeter Chiefs' 31-19 win over Ulster in Round 5.

Bristol Rugby name team for Cardiff Blues clash

Bristol Rugby round off their European Challenge Cup campaign with a visit to Cardiff Blues on Saturday (3pm KO). Head…

tusipisibri16sb1111

Newcastle Falcons team to face Ospreys

Newcastle Falcons have named their team for Saturday’s European Challenge Cup visit of unbeaten group leaders Ospreys, club captain Will…

Will Welch

Saracens name team to face Toulon

Saracens have named their side to face Toulon for Saturday’s round six European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 clash at…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks Name Team To Take On Scarlets

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Scarlets in Round Six of the European Rugby Champions Cup at…

willaddisonbatsal1617sb1111

Harlequins team to play Stade Francais

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Stade Francais in Round 6 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the…

James Horwill

Eddie Jones has announced his England squad ahead of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations

The 34-man squad will train in Portugal between 22 – 27 January before assembling at Pennyhill Park to prepare for…

Maro Itoje missed out on the autumn internationals with a fractured hand.

Tom Arscott statement

Sale Sharks have today issued the following statement on Tom Arscott.  Sale Sharks have today terminated the contract of Tom…

BARNET, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Owen Farrell of Saracens and Tom Arscott of Sale Sharks during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Saracens and Sale Sharks at Allianz Park on December 10, 2016 in Barnet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Jack O’Connell eyeing Bristol Rugby momentum from European finale

Qualification for the European Rugby Challenge Cup knockout stages may be beyond Bristol Rugby but Jack O’Connell claims they are…

666710651_tm_0740_96dd8701c3a7992af96ab9d019ac86f2.jpg

Fixture Change – Wasps v Gloucester Rugby

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 16 Wasps v Gloucester Rugby fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Harlequins Foundation reach £100,000 Great Ormond Street Hospital target

The Harlequins Foundation is today (Thursday 19th January) pleased to announce that it has succeeded in raising £100,000 for Great…

Harlequins celebrate

Northampton Saints team news versus Montpellier

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Friday’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Montpellier. An attacking line-up has…

georgenorthnortbri17sb

Leicester Tigers prove big draw at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers attendances have topped 100,000 over the last four home games at Welford Road. The best-supported team in English…

Adam Thompstone