All this week, we’re shifting the focus onto some of the newest faces in the Welford Road squad.
This summer has seen Tigers recruit a mix of experience, versatility and physicality to the club, alongside the promotion of the Tigers home-grown talent to the senior and development squads.
But what can fans expect to see from the club’s fresh blood in 2019/20?
Well rather than wait until the start of the season, we’re giving you the inside line on what some of Tigers’ more high-profile newcomers will be bringing to the squad.
The 27-year old Taute brings a wealth of experience having played eight seasons of Super Rugby before making more than 40 appearances for Munster following his move in 2016.
A powerful centre, the South African runs hard, direct lines and, at 17 stone, provides a physical presence in both attack and defence.
Expect him to hammer the opposition’s defence providing a platform for the Tigers outside backs to capitalise on.
Taute also brings versatility to the backline – something that will be invaluable in a season which is intertwined with a Rugby World Cup.
Comfortable at fullback, Jaco is someone who has faced top European competition over years and his experience offers depth to the number 15 shirt.
He is a big, physical unit in the backline with extensive experience in the southern hemisphere and also at the top-end of European rugby.”Geordan Murphy | Tigers head coach
Catch Taute in action here at Welford Road when Tigers kick off the season at Welford Road against Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday, September 27.
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Tomorrow, we turn our attention to the returning Tiger Calum Green. NEW BLOOD, SAME DNA, STILL TIGERS
“I really like it in the centres because I’m a bit more involved. I like the defensive side as well as the attacking side, and If the opportunity comes and we need a bit of squad depth at full-back, I’ll happily slot into position, as I played loads of rugby there when I was younger.”Jaco Taute