Transfer News: Bristol forward joins Leicester on loan

Joe Batley will join Leicester Tigers on loan with immediate effect, the club can confirm.

The 23-year-old utility forward – who can be recalled to Bristol at any time – makes the switch to Welford Road, having made two competitive appearances this season for the Bears in the Premiership Cup.

Batley joined Bristol on a three-year contract in 2017. He has made nine first team outings, including a try-scoring appearance at Franklin’s Gardens in the 26-24 victory in March 2019.

Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “This is a good opportunity for Joe to get game-time at a very competitive level and showcase what he is capable of.

“He has performed well while on dual registration with Hartpury and we’re happy to support this chance for him to go out and play regular rugby at the next level.”

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