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Back-rower Denton agrees move to Tigers

Scotland international back-rower David Denton has agreed a move to Leicester Tigers for the start of the 2018/19 season.

Denton first came to prominence at Edinburgh before moving to Aviva Premiership Rugby in 2015, first with Bath and then with Worcester Warriors.

The 28-year-old has 30 caps for Scotland since his debut in the build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “We’re delighted that David has agreed to come to Leicester. He is a top-quality player with a lot of experience at the highest level and we still think there is more improvement to come in his game.

“He has a useful skillset in possession, he is a physical player, he is a good age profile for us and is just the kind of player we’ve been looking to add to our options in the forward pack. We look forward to working with him.”

Tigers have already announced the signing of fellow forwards Will Spencer (from Worcester Warriors) and Guy Thompson (from Wasps) for the 2018/19 season.

Denton said: “I’m really excited to be joining Leicester Tigers next season. The club has a rich and celebrated history as well as a squad that is very capable of winning more trophies over the next few years.”

Born in Zimbabwe, Denton moved to Scotland as a student and played for Edinburgh Academicals before joining the national academy and was awarded a professional contract at Edinburgh in 2010/11. He played for Scotland Under-20s and Sevens before making his senior Test debut.

He moved to Aviva Premiership rugby with Bath Rugby in 2015 and joined Worcester Warriors this season.