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Future Leicester Resident: Sam Carter

Leicester Tigers can confirm the signing of Sam Carter ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 33-year-old forward, who plays at lock and in the back-row, will join Tigers from Ulster Rugby.

Carter was born in Tamworth, Australia, and represented Sydney University before signing his first professional rugby contract with the ACT Brumbies in 2010.

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2011 and went on to make more than 120 appearances for the Canberra-based side during the next nine seasons, including the last two as captain.

In 2014, Carter made his Test debut for the Wallabies and joined a unique group of father and sons to have represented the Australian national rugby union side.

He moved to Ulster ahead of the 2019/20 northern hemisphere season and, has since, made 58 appearances for the Irish club including captaining the Belfast-based side.

Incoming Leicester Tigers Head Coach Dan McKellar added: “Sam is a great addition to our forward pack from next season and a player who has a wealth of experience in the game in both the southern and northern hemisphere, as well as having played Test rugby.”

“He is an outstanding line out caller, who enjoys the hard work and his signing provides us with strong depth in the second row.

“In addition to what Sam gives us on the field, his leadership and character as a person are also huge positives to be bringing into our group, which I am pleased about.”

Discussing the move the Leicester Tigers, Carter said: “Leicester Tigers is a big club, one of the biggest in the game with such a proud history. It’s very exciting to be joining a club of this magnitude.”

“I made the move to Ulster to test myself in the big games and arena that European rugby provides and know that it will be just as big and exciting a challenge to be able to do that with Leicester Tigers from next season.”

“I am excited to link back up with Dan [McKellar] after a few years together in the Brumbies and, after speaking with him, looking forward to being a part of what he is looking to build at the club.”

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