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Leicester’s Tom Youngs expects battle with Bath that shows why salary cap fits

The Tigers and England hooker anticipates another tight Premiership contest in a league that he believes is benefiting from a level playing field
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Leicester against Bath has over the years been one of the highlights of the European rugby calendar. It lost a pinch of its piquancy a decade ago as the West Country club failed to make the move from amateurism to professionalism as seamlessly as their rivals, but a sell-out crowd at Welford Road on Sunday is testimony to its enduring appeal at a time when it is the Tigers who are adrift of the top four.

As the debate over the salary cap enters another round, Leicester and Bath are at opposite ends of the argument. The latter, losing some £3m a year and bogged down in years of talks over their Recreation Ground, have used the largesse of their multimillion-pound owner Bruce Craig to turn them into title contenders while the Tigers, the best supported club in England, record a profit every year and live within their means.

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