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Hughes: I’m not here to hold a tackle bag

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Rory Hughes is set on having an impact in Leicester and says he’s not happy just making up the numbers as part of the Tigers squad.

Speaking to LeicesterTigers.com at the club’s Oval Park training ground, after arriving in the East Midlands club from Glasgow Warriors, Hughes admitted the “opportunity” to join Tigers was too good to turn down.

“It's a massive club, a great opportunity and too good not to take it,” he said.

“I want to improve myself and help the club out as much as I can ... but I am not just here to hold a tackle bag, I want to play rugby.”

Hughes, who has made five appearances Scotland, joins as injury-cover with Leicester currently missing Welsh international Jonah Holmes and recently re-signed Sam Aspland-Robinson in the outside-backs.

When asked about his existing knowledge of the Leicester club, Hughes said: “I played against Tigers a couple of years ago in Glasgow and here in Leicester.”

“The size of the club, the history of the club and the fans are incredible.

“The way people speak about Tigers is great, it's a club that people say a lot of good things about and I knew - when the chance came - that I had to see what they were on about.

“Obviously you want to see a massive club like Leicester doing well … I want to be a part of helping the club at this time however I can.”

The born and bred Glaswegian also shared what Tigers supporters can expect from the hard-running, hard-hitting back.

“Bump and run … I like to show aggression,” Hughes said.

“I probably won’t try and step you, I will try and dominate you.”