Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
leicestertigers.comMattioli Woods Welford RoadContact UsTopps Tiles
Rugby News

Leicester Tigers sign Phil Cokanasiga

Figure image

Leicester Tigers will welcome Phil Cokanasiga to the club ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The versatile back will make the move to Leicester from London Irish.

Capable of playing at inside or outside centre, as well as in the outside-backs, Cokanasiga has previously represented England at Under-18 and Under-20 levels.

He made his professional debut during the 2019/20 season after graduating from the London Irish academy, featuring in both the Gallagher Premiership and European Challenge Cup in his first season.

The 20-year-old is the younger brother of England international Joe and was a member of the England Under-20s squad who recorded a Grand Slam at the 2021 Six Nations.

Speaking about the addition of Cokanasiga, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “Phil is a talented young player with incredible potential for growth in his game and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Leicester Tigers.

“He is a player who possesses great power, speed and excellent footwork.

“He is still very early on in his rugby journey and, most pleasingly, is eager to continue to develop and learn as a player while contributing to what we are building at the club.”

Discussing the move to Tigers next season, Cokanasiga said: “Everybody knows how big Leicester Tigers is as a club and where things are going, how they are improving, it is something that is exciting to be able to a part of.

“In my first chat with Steve Borthwick, he was really direct and kept it really simple and I appreciate that.

“I see myself as a ball carrier first and, with Fijian blood, I have been blessed with a bit of footwork, so I want to be able to add to the team with that and more.

“I just want to contribute however I can and I am excited about the chance.”