Leicester Tigers Will Finally Have A Backline Fans Can Get Excited About Next Season

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After years of neglect, the Leicester Tigers backline has had a refresh and should get fans excited for the next season. Here’s how it might look…

15.Telusa Veainu

Arguably the signing of the season already, Veainu has been a breakout star since signing for the Tigers and has agreed an extension to his contract to ensure he will be sticking around.

14.Vereniki Goneva

After eventually turning his back on a move to France last season, Goneva is now committed to the Tigers where his powerful brand of running rugby has made him a fans favourite.

13.Manu Tuilagi

Injuries have hugely hampered Tuilagi over the last 18 months, however if he can remain fit, he has all the makings of becoming a world class centre over the next couple of years.

12.Matt Toomua

The signing of Toomua is a huge coup for the Tigers and will help them solve a long-standing problem in their midfield. He also has the experience to cover the 10 shirt if necessary.

11.JP Pietersen

Leicester’s latest signing is Springboks flyer JP Pietersen who will bring power and pace out wide where he can thrive off the distribution provided by the likes of Toomua.

10.Freddie Burns

Either Burns or Owen Williams could fit in here as both have proven to be quality Premiership fly halves and can easily be interchanged if form or injuries dictate.

9.Ben Youngs

An international stalwart who is beginning to thrive as part of a re-invigorated Tigers backline, Youngs could well find himself captaining for both club and country next season.

21.Sam Harrison

Harrison is pushing Youngs hard for a start in the nine shirt after a series of impressive displays, whilst he is also more than capable of playing out wide thanks to his impressive pace.

22.Jean de Villiers

The former Springbok captain may be getting on in age, but his experience and leadership could be vital coming on off the bench to help close out games.

23.Matt Tait

Tait has been reinvigorated over the last couple of seasons and can cover both full back and centre where his mazy running make him a dangerous broken field player.



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  1. i’d have Toomua to 10 and de villiers in to 12. There’s so much rotation in a premiership season i’m sure we’ll see many combinations and i cannot wait!

  2. I thought Goneva was moving to Newcastle?

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