Tommy Reffell has described the ‘privilege’ of wearing the Leicester Tigers shirt as he nears the end of his breakthrough season for the club.
After making his Premiership Rugby debut in Round 1 away to Worcester, the 21-year-old has recorded 12 appearances in the top-tier competition this season, and starts against Harlequins in the final fixture on Sunday.
“This season has been a massive learning curve for me,” Reffell said. “Especially with these back-to-back games you’ve got to learn even faster than you would normally.
“You’ve only got two or three days to prepare for a team, and I think I’ve definitely grown as an individual.
“This has been my first proper season playing Premiership rugby and I have really enjoyed it.
“I’m enjoying the level of physicality you have to bring each week and I know that every time I go out in a Tigers shirt I am giving everything for the shirt.
“It’s a privileged 23 who get to go out there and represent the squad.”
Reffell will face off with a player at the other end of his career on Sunday afternoon, with Harlequins stalwart Chris Robshaw making his 300th and final appearance for the London club.
For the young Welshman, though, that’s not something that he’s considering – not least until the final whistle at Welford Road.
He continued: “We know Chris Robshaw has been a hell of a player for Harlequins and England Rugby, so in his last match … he’s going to be really up for it and they will want to send him off with a nice performance.
“But we’ve got to try and concentrate on ourselves for this game.
“We’re at the start of a journey as a team ourselves, and for us it’s all about delivering a performance our supporters can be proud of.
“We have to continue to learn the lessons from our recent performances and go out there and show what we’re capable of.
“Only once the season’s over will it be time for me to look back and properly reflect on everything.”