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Coaches Corner: Richard Wigglesworth

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Attack Coach Richard Wigglesworth speaks to LTTV from the club's Oval Park training base as the squad prepares to face an Italian Select XV.

The Leicester Tigers Player/Coach chats about the challenge and opportunity the club has during November, previews Saturday's Double Header at Mattioli Woods Welford Road and shares an insight into the newest addition to the squad, Charlie Atkinson, after his first week at Oval Park. 

Speaking about the challenge of taking on the next block of fixtures without almost 20 players unavailable for selection, including ten away on international duty, Wigglesworth said: 

"We have got an awesome challenge for the next few months; we've got ten players away internationally, which is awesome for the club and shows where we have come as a club."

"With challenges come a load of opportunities for the lads to put their hands up ... a number of positions where that competition is invaluable to us."

Looking ahead to Saturday's men's fixture against the Italian touring squad, Wigglesworth made it clear nobody in Leicester was viewing the match as a friendly.

"It's an international game in all but name, which is a great challenge for our guys," he told LTTV.

"We don't do friendlies at Leicester Tigers - our training is fierce, so no doubt that we'll be mad keen to fly into a national team."

The club welcomed a new addition to the senior squad on Monday, with the signing of Charlie Atkinson from Wasps, and the man charged with leading the club's attack - as well as potentially a half-back partner for the 21-year-old - is excited by what he's seen so far from the young fly-half.

"First week for Charlie Atkinson; he's settled in brilliantly, is a player with loads of skill and he's brave," Wigglesworth said.

"He is one of those players who has got time on the ball and he is going to be a top, top player for Leicester Tigers."

Speaking about what will be a history-making day on Saturday, the most decorated player in English rugby history couldn't hide his excitement ahead of the first-ever run out for both men's and women's Tigers sides on the same day at home.

"It's the first time ever that the men's and women's [teams] playing on the same day at Mattioli Woods Welford Road," he said.

"Anytime the club is making history, you want to be involved in it.

"I'm a father of two girls, so it is nice for me that women's sport is getting the recognition that it now is."

Watch the full interview with Wigglesworth on LTTV above.