"Wales International" - Leicester Tigers Confirm the Signing of Prop Nicky Smith - Ruck

“Wales International” – Leicester Tigers Confirm the Signing of Prop Nicky Smith

Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of Wales international loose-head prop Nicky Smith. The 29-year-old will join the club from next season on a multi-year deal. Smith made more than 170 appearances for the Osprey’s in his l career to date, as well as his 47 international caps for Wales.

A front-rower with an eye for the try line, Smith put in an eye-catching performance for Ospreys against Tigers at Mattioli Woods Welford Road early last year, giving supporters a taste of what’s to come from Smith in a Leicester jersey. Nicky Smith said to Leicester Tigers: “I’m very excited to be joining Leicester tigers next season.”

“It’s a club which is filled with history and ambition. There have been many world-class players that have worn the famous Tigers jerseys and I’m honoured to get the opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the World.

“I’m looking forward to be running out to the electric atmosphere at Mattioli Woods Welford Road”.

Leicester Tigers general manager, Richard Wilks said: “I was struck by Nicky’s enthusiasm to join Leicester Tigers and his knowledge of our club and previous positive experiences of playing at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, going back many years to playing against Tigers Academy for Wales junior representative teams, really stood out.

“His rugby ability speaks for itself but him wanting to be part of the home team at our home ground with the crowd behind him really resonated.

“We look forward to welcoming Nicky, Kirsty and their boys in July and I’m sure the supporters will take him to their hearts quickly.”

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “Nicky will be a quality addition to our group.”

“He’s got all the attributes we were looking for in a loosehead; powerful, excellent work rate and a thirst for set-piece so I’ve no doubt he’ll fit in nicely.

“Chatting to him and guys like Olly (Cracknell) and Tommy (Reffell) as well you can sense that he’s a good team man and someone who wants to be part of our club so we’re really pleased he’ll be joining us.”