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SIGNED! Leicester Tigers add six new players for next season

Leicester Tigers have signed Australian back Bryce Hegarty and Argentina international Juan Pablo Socino for next season.

Hegarty will join Tigers ahead of the 2021/22 season from Super Rugby Australia champions, the Queensland Reds.

The 28-year-old made his 100th Super Rugby appearance during the Queensland club’s title-winning 2021 season, which included a starring performance in the first win on New Zealand soil for an Australian side in three years.

Meanwhile, Socino represented Argentina at Under-19 and Under-20 level before making his Test debut in 2015 in a midfield pairing alongside current Leicester Tigers centre Matías Moroni. 

Socino’s professional club career began in 2010 with Rotherham Titans, before spending a season with French side US Dax, and then, from 2013, returning to England to join Nottingham Rugby.

In 2014, he joined Newcastle Falcons and made more than 100 appearances before joining Edinburgh for the 2018/19 campaign and then Saracens in 2020/21. 

Tigers also confirmed that Lewis ChessumJacob CusickTim Hoyt and Seb Smith will step up to the club’s senior programme in the summer.

2021’s free agent rugby union XV might be the best ever

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Hugo Bonneval (Pau)
  • 14. Waisake Naholo (London Irish)
  • 11. Gabriel Ibitoye (Montpellier)
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CENTRES:

  • 13. Scott Williams (Ospreys)
  • 12. Siale Piutau (Bristol Bears)
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