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Olowofela making the most of loan opportunity

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Leicester Tigers outside-back Jordan Olowofela is embracing life in Perth as part of the Western Force squad while on loan in Super Rugby.

The 23-year-old made his mark in the Australian competition during the final regular season round with a hat-trick, securing the Force a place in the semi-finals of the 2021 competition. 

One of several Leicester squad members on loan, with limited game time available during the current 2020/21 Premiership and European campaigns, Olowofela is taking his chance to learn from some of rugby's most experienced outside-backs still running around.

“They’ve all been very welcoming so I’ve fitted straight in," Olowofela told Rugby.com.au ahead of the Force's finals fixture.

"Everyone’s been helping me around the place, people like Richard Kahui, Rob Kearney…anything that I’ve needed, even little things, you can go to those type of experienced people and pick around their brain."

Olowofela's Leicester coach, Steve Borthwick, said he was "pleased" to see the Tigers Academy graduate and fellow loan players getting valuable experience.

"I am really pleased to see him do so well ... we've got a number of players out on loan at a number of places," Borthwick said.

"We track all of those players, closely, so really pleased that Jordan is getting so much game time.

"With there only being top-flight and Championship rugby, there's a lot of players unable to play that many games right now. Jordan has had an opportunity, the club has been fully supportive of that opportunity and he seems to be grabbing it with both hands at the moment."

The outside-back has also been in contact with his home club throughout his spell 'down under', saying: “They’ve (Leicester) been happy with how I’m going, telling me ‘just keep it going’ while I’m still on loan."

Looking ahead to the weekend's fixture, Olowofela added: “The team is on a massive high but we’ve also got a big game coming up so it’s brought us back down to Earth and focused on the next match."

“As we’ve shown, if we stick to the game plan, no matter how long is left in the game, we can pull through.”