Cockerill in the dock over row with official

LEICESTER Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill is to appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel to answer charges relating to an “obscene” outburst during his team’s Premiership final win over Northampton Saints last month.

The former England hooker confronted fourth official Stuart Terheege during his side’s triumph at Twickenham, after a strong tackle from Courtney Lawes left his fly-half Toby Flood with concussion.

At the time Cockerill insisted: “When a player of ours is potentially seriously injured I will talk to whoever I want.”

However, the RFU have charged the 42-year-old with using obscene, inappropriate and/or unprofessional language and conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game.

Cockerill pleaded guilty to charges following a similar incident during an Anglo-Welsh LV=Cup match against Newport-Gwent Dragons in 2009. He was handed a four-week suspension and fined £2,000.