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An 'unbelievable chance' for Laussucq

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Christophe Laussucq has seen it all as a professional player but still finds it hard to believe that he is approaching the start of a Guinness Premiership season with Leicester Tigers.

The 34-year-old scrum-half has gained international caps at Students, A and senior level with France, and also reached a Heineken Cup Final in his time with Stade Francais. But now he is awaiting his first taste of English league action after sealing a summer switch from Castres.

"It is unbelievable for me to come to such a big club as this," he said. "A lot of people trusted me and helped me to come here and I hope I can do well."

The move to England came out of the blue for Laussucq, who said: "It all happened so quickly. The president of Castres told me I could leave and I was a little confused because for the first time in my career I did not have a club and did not know where I was going to play.
"But my manager told me to trust him and he felt sure he could sort something out. Then he said there was an opportunity to move to England and it was with Leicester Tigers who were looking for a scrum-half because of injury to Harry Ellis.

"I said of course I was interested, I signed a contract just a few days later and I was very happy and proud to do that.

"Coming to Leicester Tigers is the best opportunity I could have imagined and I want to make the most of it."

Laussucq started his first game in Tigers colours in the win over his countrymen from Montauban and is now looking forward to the Guinness Premiership campaign.

"It was a great thing for me to start my first game for the club and I am very proud to wear the jersey," he said. "I thought there was a lot of pressure for my first game but I enjoyed it.

"I have not played in the Premiership yet but I know the game at Bristol will be hard. I hope we have good work for training then take our best game there."