England international Richard Wigglesworth joins Tigers

England international Richard Wigglesworth joins Tigers

Leicester Tigers have signed international scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth ahead of the 2020/21 season.

A six-time Premiership Rugby and three-time European Champions Cup winner, Wigglesworth joins Tigers after stints with Sale Sharks and Saracens during almost two decades in professional rugby.

Premiership Rugby’s record appearance-holder, with 288 games in the top flight, Wigglesworth has also represented England on 33 occasions and featured in back-to-back Rugby World Cup campaigns in 2011 and 2015.

Born in Blackpool, he rose through the ranks of the Sale Sharks junior system before making his professional debut in 2002 and represented England at Under-18, 19 and 21 age group levels.

The scrum-half made his Test debut in 2008 against Italy in Rome and made the most recent of 33 appearances for England against Australia at Twickenham in 2018.

Wigglesworth, discussing his move to Tigers, said: “I still feel like I am fit, I’m healthy and can contribute and Tigers is a great fit.”

“I’ve never been one to look for an easy option, I’ve always wanted a challenge and this is a big challenge for me.

“Leicester Tigers is the biggest club in the country and I am relishing the challenge.

“It is a club that want to get back to the top and that isn’t easy … but I am not interested in easy.

“Leicester Tigers has a lot of good people and I am excited to be involved.”

Wigglesworth joins fellow internationals Matias Moroni, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla and South African forward Jasper Wiese as new faces confirmed to be joining the squad ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.


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