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Future Leicester Resident: Ollie Hassell-Collins

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Leicester Tigers can confirm the signing of Ollie Hassell-Collins ahead of the 2023/23 season.

The 24-year-old will join Tigers from London Irish.

Hassell-Collins has represented England at age-grade levels, Sevens and made his Test debut during this season’s Guinness Six Nations.

After graduating from The Exiles Academy, the outside-back has become a prolific try-scorer for the London club since his senior debut in 2018.

Speaking about the addition of Hassell-Collins, Leicester Tigers Interim Head Coach Richard Wigglesworth said: “Ollie is one of the game’s most exciting young wingers and it’s very pleasing that he will be a Leicester Tigers player from next season.”

“He has shown in the short time he’s spent in the senior game that he is capable of scoring tries and is also a physical presence out wide, in attack and defence, that we’re looking forward to having here at the club.

“Ollie deservedly so made his Test debut this season and that experience, especially alongside some of his future Tigers teammates, is fantastic for him and his game development.

“What’s most pleasing and exciting is that there is still so much growth in Ollie and his game, which we are confident he will gain at Leicester Tigers.”

Incoming Leicester Tigers Head Coach Dan McKellar added: “Ollie is a great addition to what is an exciting group, which I cannot wait to work with starting from next season.”

“He is an international, who is already very experienced in the Premiership at a young age.”

“The squad put together for next year is a great mix of youth and experience, which I hope Leicester Tigers supporters are as excited as I am about.”

Discussing the move the Leicester Tigers, Hassell-Collins said: “It’s the biggest club in England and hard to say no, when they want to come and chat with you. It excites me a lot, being a part of Leicester Tigers.”

“I know some of the guys and am looking forward to being a part of the young group and what is a pretty crazy potential line-up in the backline.

“It’s a hell of a ground, Mattioli Woods Welford Road, and when you think about Leicester Tigers, you think about the stadium and crowd, how hostile it is, and it’s exciting to know I’ll be on the home side of that.”

Hassell-Collins is the fifth confirmed signing for Dan McKellar’s Leicester Tigers squad ahead of the 2023/24 campaign alongside Josh Bassett, Kyle Hatherell, Jamie Shillcock and Finn Theobald-Thomas.