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Aspland-Robinson excited for 'amazing' opportunity

Sam Aspland-Robinson speaks to LTTV ahead of the Tigers winger's first start for the club at Welford Road, this Saturday afternoon against Wasps in Round 15 of this season's Gallagher Premiership.

Seven weeks after making his Leicester Tigers debut, Sam Aspland-Robinson is set to reach another milestone for the club this weekend when he makes his first start in the Gallagher Premiership at Welford Road.

The outside-back made the move to the East Midlands at the beginning of the current season after a decorated age-grade career with Harlequins and England before enduring an injury-plagued start to his time as a Tiger.

"I've played a few minutes here and there, but to actually start is an amazing opportunity."

Aspland-Robinson's senior debut came just over a month ago when he was used as a replacement in the Heineken Champions Cup away game against Scarlets and since then the 22 year old has played a part in four of the five fixtures Tigers have played.

Now, less than 24 hours out from his first run on appearance at the historic Welford Road, Aspland-Robinson opens up on the 'tough' start to his time at the club and 'amazing opportunity' awaiting him on Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm.

"I've played a few minutes here and there, but to actually start is an amazing opportunity," he told LTTV.

"It was a tough time to start with ... this block from Christmas onward has been good to me and I've got my chance to play."

Aspland-Robinson partners Jonah Holmes (wing) and George Worth (fullback) in a young back-three for the clash with Wasps, who boast a more experienced opposition trio in the form of Josh Bassett, Marcus Watson and South Africa international Willie Le Roux, with four years separating the average age between the players.

But, the Tigers youngster isn't worried and believes neither should Leicester supporters.

"I guess we're quite young, but Jonah is experienced ... and Jordan has played there a lot - I don't think there's anything to worry about," Aspland-Robinson said.

Speaking at the club's Oval Park training ground, Aspland-Robinson is also confident the energetic, youthful outfit - missing a host of players with more than 1,300 senior appearances for Tigers - will be up to the task of the visiting Wasps side and able to 'express' themselves to deliver a win for the Welford Road faithful.

"All the boys are all coming in with a positive attitude .. we're trying to play, express ourselves," said Aspland-Robinson.

"I think we've been quite condensed and quite rigid in how we're playing, so we're opening up ... it'd be nice to get a win for the fans, especially at Welford Road."

Watch the full interview on LTTV below.