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Team Talk | Steve Borthwick

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Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick previews the club’s return to action, after almost a month without a fixture, against Sale Sharks at Mattioli Woods Welford Road in Round 7 of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season.

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Borthwick discusses the enforced fortnight without fixtures and the priorities for the club during that period, including a search for even more of a “competitive edge” among the players, and the benefits of the break after a disrupted pre-season ahead of the current campaign.

“During the last two weeks, we have tried to maximise the opportunity to train and prepare and have purposely made training as competitive as possible to drive the competitive edge within the team,” added Borthwick.

“We want our players to find ways in which to win and find themselves in difficult situations and out of those difficult situations.

“Each training session at Leicester Tigers is a learning exercise.”

The Tigers head coach also shares his thoughts on Friday night’s opponents, Sale, and the need for an “80-minute performance” from his players against the experienced, world-class Sharks outfit.

“They have got World Cup winners in their team, have invested heavily in their team and have now appointed a new coach in Alex Sanderson.”

“Whenever you play against Sale, the game is very, very competitive.”

Ahead of a milestone appearance for club-captain Tom Youngs, Borthwick also shares with supporters what the skipper means to the playing group, coaches and staff across the club.

With four players away on international duty, Borthwick tells us what is required from the squad to deliver on expectations in the absence of the senior quartet and sends a message to the Leicester Tigers family at home from the players during the continued challenge of the pandemic and lockdown.

“What we want to do on Friday night is bring smiles to the faces of the Leicester Tigers supporters, who we wish were with us in the stands, cheering us on,” said Borthwick.

Watch the interview above on LTTV.