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Manu Tuilagi future confirmed.

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Leicester Tigers released the below statement regarding the future of Manu Tuilagi.

“Manu is staying with the Tigers”

“Manu Tuilagi says he is passionate about playing his part in bringing fresh success to the club after agreeing a new contract with Leicester Tigers.

The Samoan-born centre came through the Tigers academy after following his older brothers into the club’s colours and has scored 40 tries in 121 first-team appearances, as well as becoming one of the biggest names on the world stage with England and the British & Irish Lions.

“This is a massive club and it means a lot to me and my family,” said the 27-year-old Tuilagi.

“I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here. We are all behind Geordan Murphy and his ambitions for the team, and I’m very passionate about playing my part in bringing back the success we all expect at such a massive club.

“This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here, I have a lot of friends here, my family is happy here and the club means a lot to me.”

After a breakthrough season in 2010/11 when he was named Young Player of the Year by Tigers supporters, club colleagues and the Rugby Players Association, Tuilagi won a first Premiership title in 2012/13, scoring a try in the Final win against Northampton Saints.

He has 31 senior caps with England and gained selection for the Lions in Australia in 2013.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “Manu is a world-class player with a real X-factor about his game and anyone would want him in their team. He’s been here a long time, his heart is here and we’re all delighted that he wants to stay with the club.

“He is at his physical peak as a player at 27, he is a leader within the squad and we look forward to seeing many more big performances from him in a Tigers shirt.”

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Wasps Make Ninth Summer Signing

Wasps have confirmed their ninth signing already this summer

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Wasps have announced the signing of London Scottish lock Theo Vukasinovic for the 2019/20 season. 

The 22-year-old has played for both Loughborough Students and London Scottish having come through the London Irish Academy and he is delighted to have the chance to play in the Premiership next year.

“Making the move to the Premiership with such a well-renowned club as Wasps is a huge step for me in my rugby career. I can’t wait to test myself alongside and against some of the best players around,” he said.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has also commented on the move and believes that the club will be able to help him, and other young players develop.

“Theo is a talented young player with a lot of potential. He has impressed in the Championship week in week out and we believe, as we’ve seen with some other players like Ross Neal, Billy Searle, Ben Morris and Michael Le Bourgeois this season, we can aid his development to try and become a Premiership player,” he said.

The announcement comes a day after the club confirmed that seven academy players have signed first-team deals with the club.

Tom Willis, Gabriel Oghre, Will Porter, Tim Cardell, Callum Sirker, Owain James and Sam Sprink are the players that have been confirmed and young is really happy to have the youthful players coming on board.

“We’re thrilled to see these lads come through the system and we’re really pleased with how they’ve performed across the competitions over the last 12 months,” he added.

The moves all add to Wasps intent on developing young players and it will be interesting to see how they get on next season.

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WATCH: Move over Danny Cipriani, Francois Hougaard throws a flatter pill.

Some seriously good seeds here.

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We’ve seen some absolutely amazing passes this season with the fair share coming from Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani but this pass from Worcester & former Springbok Scrum-Half Francois Hougaard might just take the crown for the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership Season.

Worcester took on Saracens on the weekend and this FLAT ball from Hougaard set up a fantastic blind-side try for the Warriors.

Check out some of the other ‘passes of the season’ below.

Straying outside of the Premiership, Connacht & Ireland Out-Half Jack Carty whipped this pill in the PRO14 clash against Ulster recently.

Some seriously good seeds.

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London Irish Confirm 10th Summer Signing Already

London Irish have announced the arrival of yet another new player

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London Irish have made their 10th signing of the summer already by confirming the arrival of Ruan Botha from the Sharks. 

The South African second-row, who has 64 Super Rugby appearances to his name as well as experience captaining the Sharks, joins on an initial six-month contract in which he will act as cover during the Rugby World Cup.

Once the six-months are up he will link-up with Japanese Top League side Kubota Spears before re-joining the Exiles for pre-season in June 2020 and preparing for the 2020/21 season.

Speaking ahead of the move the 27-year-old talked of how he delighted to be joining the club at a time when they are set to return to the Premiership.

“London Irish is entering an exciting period in its history and I am immensely proud to be joining at such an important time as they return to the Premiership. I look forward to meeting up with my teammates for pre-season,” he said.

Meanwhile, London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney is looking forward to the multiple qualities the massive lock brings with him.

“Ruan being available during the Rugby World Cup period is a major boost to us. He has a lot of top-class rugby experience and will also bring a lot more to the squad in terms of his leadership qualities,” he said.

Botha becomes the latest in a long list of stars to join the English outfit with Allan Dell, Adam Coleman, Sekope Kepu, Paddy Jackson, Sean O’Brien, Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona, Waisake Naholo and Will Goodrick-Clarke all signed up over the past few weeks. The club will be hoping that their good transfer work works a treat as they look to stay up upon their return to the top-tier.

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