Aviva Premiership
Cockerill sparks Premiership war of words?
ESPN Staff
June 27, 2012
London Irish's Daniel Bowden is felled by the Wasps defence, London Wasps v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Adams Park, Wycombe, England, November 21, 2010
New Zealander Dan Bowden will swap London Irish for Leicester next season © Getty Images

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has kick-started the Aviva Premiership war of words with a not-so-subtle dig at their rivals London Irish.

The Tigers have recruited two players from the Exiles in the close season with both Dan Bowden and Adam Thompstone making the switch from the Madejski Stadium to Welford Road and Cockerill has suggested it will take time for them to adjust to Leicester's approach on and off the field.

"Dan Bowden has been doing some rehab work for us and it has been a shock to the system for him," Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury. "He has to turn up in the right kit and be in the right place at the right time. For some clubs, that is not the norm, but for us, all of the bits have to be in the right place.

"Attention to detail is important and there are things like time-keeping, dress code or tidying up after yourself that are equally as important to the way we work. When you add them all together, they are things that any good organisation is built on.

"Whether that is cleaning your plates up after you have eaten your food or opening doors for members of staff, all of those bits are important and make this club what it is."

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