Leicester Tigers sign three new forwards for 2015/6

English Premiership Rugby club Leicester Tigers have announced that they have signed three forwards for the 2015/16 season.

Leicester have signed Opeti Fonua from London Welsh, Mike Williams from Worcester Warriors and Brendon O’Connor from the Blues in New Zealand as new signings this summer.

A 28-year-old Tonga international, back-rower Fonua spent almost a decade in France with Auch, Agen and Bayonne before moving into the Aviva Premiership with London Welsh this season.

Zimbabwe-born but English qualified, 23-year-old Williams has played at both lock and flanker in almost 40 appearances with Worcester Warriors in the last two seasons after playing for the Tuks and the Blue Bulls in South Africa.

Back-rower O’Connor, 25, is also English-qualified and has played Super 15 rugby with the Crusaders and the Blues in Auckland as well as captaining Hawkes Bay to their Ranfurly Shield victory in 2014. He is a former New Zealand Under-20s cap and World Junior Championship winner.

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said,”Our priority is to have a strong finish to the current season, but alongside that we are also working hard on recruitment and retention of players in the squad ahead of next season.

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