Cockerill desperate to improve Leicester

Date published: October 19 2016

Leicester Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill says he will "bust his balls" in an effort to try and improve their results.

Leicester suffered a 42-13 defeat to Glasgow Warriors in the Champions Cup last week which Cockerill said afterwards "damaged the reputation of the club".

He has now pledged to improve the club's performance ahead of Sunday's clash with Racing 92 at Welford Road.

"I am up for the battle and am going to bust my balls to put it right," said Cockerill. "I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, but I understand it’s not flowing with compliments at the moment. I get that, I understand that, I understand people’s frustrations. I’m not going to shirk responsibility. If the team plays as badly as that, it’s my responsibility.

"The manner of the defeat is the most concerning. There is no getting away from the fact that it hurts the reputation of the club, of course it does. There are times when you (spectators) just go: ‘What the f— are they doing all week, because it doesn’t look like much?’ I used to not sleep because my kids would wake me up; now I just don’t sleep," he said.

"When the pressure comes on you have to front up and crack on. Otherwise you just go into your shell, you look at your toes and you end up getting the sack. That’s not really my style. If we’re going to be c–p and unsuccessful it will be because we’re just not good enough but I’m very certain that if everyone does their best, including myself, the coaches and the players, we’ll be exactly where we need to be. I know everyone deals in the here and now. But you will drive yourself insane. We have to be more measured than that."

Meanwhile Cockerill confirmed England centre Manu Tuilagi is slated to return from injury ahead of schedule and be ready to play “within two to three weeks".