Leicester Tigers suffer Craig Newby injury blow

Craig Newby
Newby captained Tigers during the second half of last season

Leicester Tigers forward Craig Newby will miss the start of the new season after having surgery on a knee injury.

The 31-year-old was a vital member of the side last term, playing 29 games as the Tigers finished top of the Premiership table.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the club websiteexternal-link: "Newbs had a bit of a problem with the knee and it was decided he would require an operation.

"We expect to be without him for at least the opening phase of the season."