We look at where Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick needs to strengthen and the players they should target to fill those gaps…
D.T.H van der Merwe
Glasgow Warriors’ record try-scorer is to leave the club at the end of the current season. The 34-year-old has scored 54 tries in 123 appearances for the club over eight seasons.
If Tigers could sign the Canada international, who has already confirmed ‘he’d like to play on for a few more years’, he’d certainly guarantee tries.
The England winger was reportedly on his way to Beziers after rejecting a 25% pay-cut from Bath. However, after the French sides big-money takeover collapsed, he may once again be available. This would be a great signing.
He is an astute attacking wing with raw power and possesses the ability to beat defenders on the wide channels, as well as coming in-field to challenge over the ball. The Fijian-born England International is also a proud Lance Corporal and reconnaissance tank soldier in the British Army.
If Tigers are looking for an experienced head to help bring on some of their young backs then Tomane is an obvious choice.
The Wallaby, who is out of contract with Leinster in the summer, has been consistently brilliant for the Irish province and there will be no shortage of interest in securing the 30-year-old’s services.
Tigers should be at the front of that queue for the winger/centre.