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Richard Cockerill to play fringe players in LV= Cup

Richard Cockerill
Cockerill sees the LV= Cup as a development competition

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says he will continue with his policy of using fringe players for Friday's LV= Cup game at Ospreys.

"We go to Ospreys with a mixed side," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester. "The two big ones for us are Quins and Newcastle in the league.

"The league games are the be all and end all for us in this period - the LV is a development competition for us.

"We will use some of the young lads and fringe guys and give them experience."

Cockerill, whose side played a friendly against the touring Australians at Welford Road on Tuesday, added: "We have to be as fully fit and available for the Harlequins game and then Newcastle because those two games are vital for the season.

We had Australia under pressure at times and kicked our penalties but we made some basic errors and let them off the hook

Richard Cockerill

"You can't play three games in a week. It's a good opportunity to be playing for the first team in Wales. It will be a good test and I'm sure they will put up a good battle and they will be better for the experience."

Cockerill also feels his side will have gained a great deal from the narrow defeat against the Wallabies earlier in the week.

"There were some young guys out there and that is part of the learning process," Cockerill said. "They are a quality side and it was a great experience for a lot of our guys.

"It was a good game, a good battle at the set-piece, scrum and lineout and the breakdown was harshly contested.

"There was an opportunity when we took the lead to force the advantage and win the game but we made some errors, weren't as accurate as we needed to be, and it cost us. But they are a good side and they played well.

"We had them under pressure at times and kicked our penalties but we made some basic errors and let them off the hook.

"But it was a win-win for us - we should be happy with the performance to a point."

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