Leicester Tigers players returned to Oval Park this week, with the pre-season programme commencing under the watchful eye of Head Coach Steve Borthwick and his coaching team ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Members of the senior squad and senior academy squad were among the 30+ players to reconvene at the club's training ground, including a host of new faces to have joined Tigers in the summer.
Ben Youngs and George Ford, who sat out the summer Tests against Canada and USA, made a rare week one return to pre-season training alongside fellow internationals Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Nephi Leatigaga, Jaco Taute and Richard Wigglesworth.
The week began with a 'bronco test' for the players, overseen by Head of Physical Performance Aled Walters, before an immediate re-introduction to rugby sessions led by Borthwick and his assistant coaches.
In encouraging signs for supporters, more than two months out from the start of the 2021/22 season, Cyle Brink, Harry Potter, Calum Green, Leatigaga and Taute - who finished the last campaign on the injured list - were among those training in preparation for the new season.
Check out the Week 1 recap above on LTTV.
Enjoyable week for Leicester Tigers fans...— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) July 16, 2021
▪️ Players return to Oval Park
▪️ 2021/22 Prem fixtures confirmed
▪️ JVP wins Six Nations U20s award
▪️ Tigers duo record win over British Lions
▪️ Leicester Tigers Women's Team announced
▪️ Lancaster to join Leicester senior squad
Tigers duo Jack van Poortvliet and Archie Vanes, as well as new recruit Dan Lancaster, will report back in the coming weeks after featuring in England's Under-20s Six Nations clean sweep, Championship-winning campaign.
Scottish duo Cameron Henderson and Matt Scott, who remained in camp with the national side during the summer despite not playing any Test fixtures due to COVID cancellations, will also rejoin their club-mates next month.
Fiji duo Kini Murimurivalu, Nemani Nadolo and Argentinian pair Julián Montoya and Matías Moroni, as well as Springboks squad members Jasper Wiese and Marco van Staden remain in camps with their national teams for their summer schedules.
Keep an eye on the club's social media channels in the coming weeks to see which returning and new players arrive at Oval Park for Pre-Season 21/22.