New Leicester deal for Cockerill
Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill has agreed a new five-year contract with the reigning Aviva Premiership champions.
The Tigers announced Cockerill's deal on the eve of their Premiership derby clash against Northampton.
Former Leicester and England hooker Cockerill was appointed to the role in 2010 after two spells as interim head coach. He has led Leicester to three Premiership titles.
Cockerill, 42, is currently serving a nine game touchline ban - it expires early next month - for using obscene language towards fourth official Stuart Terheege during last season's Premiership final victory over Northampton at Twickenham.
Ex-hooker Cockerill moved to Welford Road as a player in 1992 and went on to make 262 appearances for Leicester, as well as gaining 27 England caps.
He started a second spell at the club in 2004 following two years in France with Montferrand, joining the coaching staff initially with the Tigers' academy.
"This club has been a huge part of my life for a long time now, and it is a unique place in professional club rugby," he said.
"I am very passionate about the Tigers and in wanting to continue the club's success.
"We talk a lot with the players and staff about loyalty and commitment to the club, and that is something I feel strongly about too, so I'm very happy to be able to agree a new contract here.
"Everyone here wants to be the best they can possibly be, and we drive each other on.
"There is fantastic support for the team wherever we play, we have top-class players, a strong coaching team and very good backroom staff who all work very hard for the greater good of the club."
Under Cockerill's guidance, Leicester also reached the 2009 Heineken Cup final, losing narrowly to Leinster at Murrayfield, while they also won the Anglo-Welsh LV= Cup.
Leicester chairman Peter Tom said: "Richard Cockerill is a key part of the Leicester Tigers, and we are delighted he has agreed terms on a new long-term contract.
"'Cockers' played for the club and is very much part of the Tigers family. He knows all about the Tigers' culture and how to be successful here, both as a player and a coach.
"Stability and continuity are extremely important in any successful organisation and, given the challenges of player availability, injury, selection, recruitment and the general ups and downs of professional sport, we see him as the man to continue to drive the team forward."