Every club needs a Freddie Burns in it, not just to win them the Gallagher Premiership but to provide entertainment all season long.
The fly-half was keeping spirits high in the gym this week during preseason, where he was in charge of the playlist. The gym had a certain wedding dance-floor kind of vibe, which Burns said pleased the elder statesmen of the team. Conversely, it did not seem to please this summer’s big signing Anthony Watson.
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This has been a big week for Leicester, where they announced the arrival of three new players last week – Tom Horton, Lachlan Shelley and Joe Taufete’e. Horton arrives from the Waratahs and provides some depth in the hooker shirt at Welford Road with Nic Dolly out long term. Outside back Shelley also arrives from the Waratahs, but is English qualified.
The final signing, USA international and former World Rugby player of the year nominee Taufete’e, will also provide depth in the No2 shirt. Upon signing he said: “To join a historical club like Leicester Tigers and add my name to into the history of a club like this means to me a great deal.”
“I know how it is and what it means to be a Tiger, to push yourself to extremes.
“I have seen how the program has grown since Steve Borthwick took over and I am excited to be playing under his guidance.”
Alongside these arrivals, the Tigers also announced the departure of Bryce Hegarty, who will leave midway through the season to team up with the Western Force in Super Rugby.
Hegarty said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Tigers so far and am grateful for the opportunity I have had to represent such a prestigious club.”
“I am really excited for the season ahead and bringing the best of me to the club for the remaining time I’ll be at the club. I feel extremely motivated to leave on a good note.
“The opportunity to head back to Australia was a tough decision to make. However, I felt the opportunity to put myself in the best position possible to be a part of the World Cup squad for Australia was too hard to let pass by. I am very grateful to Steve and the club for allowing me this opportunity.”