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Tigers agree new deals with Senior Academy six

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​Leicester Tigers have agreed new deals with six members of the club's Senior Academy.

Joe Browning, Jacob Cusick, Sam Edwards, Emeka Ilione, Tom Manz and Archie Vanes will remain at the club beyond the current campaign.

The six players are all graduates from the club’s academy programme.

Browning, Cusick, Edwards, Ilione and Vanes made their senior debuts during this season's Premiership Rugby Cup, while Manz was in the matchday squad for the Heineken Champions Cup away victory over Connacht during the opening rounds of the European season.

All six players spent time on loan with Nottingham Rugby during the 2021/22 Championship season, with Browning also touring as part of the England Sevens squad on the World Rugby Sevens circuit.

Speaking about the new deals, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “It is exciting that these young men have recommitted to Leicester Tigers.

“I hope the supporters are pleased to see these new deals announced with these young men.

“All of these players are local to Leicestershire and, having come through the club’s academy, understand the privilege that it is to represent Leicester Tigers.

“Throughout this season, they have all made their senior debuts or had opportunities to be a part of matchday squads with the senior team, which they have earned through their hard work and effort.

“There is still an incredible amount of growth and development in each of their games, which they can continue to work on at Leicester Tigers.”