Academy lock Cameron Jordan says he has a better understanding of what it takes in senior rugby after making his Leicester Tigers debut in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Jordan made his first start for the club in Sunday’s final Anglo-Welsh Cup pool fixture against Wasps in Coventry.
The 18-year-old says his first game for the Tigers was a great experience but admits it was a step-up from academy rugby.
“It was really enjoyable,” he said. “Obviously not the best result to come away with but it was really special to make my debut for the club I’ve been watching since I was twelve.
“The older guys have been really helpful, guiding me through it, like Joe Maksymiw in handling the line-outs because that step up from 18s to seniors is noticeable.
“The obvious step up is the bigger lads but the hardest thing, which I didn’t expect, was the increase in speed.
“It was just so much quicker and a more intense game, which combined with the bigger boys out there and ten minutes more than I am used to, it was really challenging but I really enjoyed it.”