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#TigersOnTour | Bateman visits KL Tigers

The season may have ended prematurely for Leicester in 2018/19 - without an appearance in the Gallagher Premiership finals - but the rugby hasn't stopped!

Masterclasses and Rugby Camps have been keeping the grounds staff at Welford Road busy, while Tigers front-rower Greg Bateman and the club's Head of Community and Global Partnerships Scott Clarke jetted off for a visit to Asia to spend a few days with Global Partner Club KL Tigers.

Bateman and Clarke ran coaching sessions in inner-city Kuala Lumpur across the four-day visit and were special guests at the Malaysian club's annual rugby ball to raise much needed funds for the delivery of their rugby programmes for all ages.

The Tigers prop, who missed the final months of the 2018/19 Premiership season after succumbing to a shoulder injury that required surgery, passed on his knowledge to youngsters and volunteer coaches during the visit - including one full day in sweltering conditions.

With the temperature reaching 35 degrees and humidity well above 80%, Bateman was certainly tested in ways unfamiliar to the front-rower and he told LTTV as much after finishing the day-long coaching sessions with boys and girls aged four and up as well as members of the club's academy programme.

"I think I have gone a bit delirious in the heat," admitted Bateman when asked how he was handling the tropical conditions following a five-hour session under the sun.

After regathering his thoughts, Bateman had plenty of praise for the cubs he had worked with throughout the day.

"It's good to see the kids out here enjoying the experience," he said.

Equally so, the Tigers prop had plenty of positives to add about the volunteer coaches working with the young rugby players in KL.

"The coaches out here are doing a fantastic job," he added.

"The main thing is the enthusiasm of these youngs kids ... they are getting stuck in and having a good time."

Whether it was the heat that had finally defeated him, the praise didn't stop as Bateman shared even more positives about the work being done by the club's community staff.

"It has been nice to see a new place and see a bit of what Scott [Clarke] and his team are doing overseas and the good work they have been up to," said the 29 year old.

Equally as positive when speaking with LTTV on the ground in Malaysia, Clarke added: "It's an amazing opportunity for us to get Greg [Bateman] out here."

"We have seen everyone from the 3-4 year olds running around and up to the academy boys and Greg has got involved with each one.

"Not just the players but the coaches as well, to learn from him."

Clarke, who established the relationship with KL Tigers five years ago and has since welcomed Global Partner Clubs in Beligum, India, Italy and Holland, explained further what the impact of Bateman's visit and the ongoing relationship has on the Asian club.

"It's a vital part of what we do, making sure we can continue to support them in building on what they have built," said Clarke.

"They are a leading light in Asian rugby and have 500-600 kids playing ... all dressed in Tigers gear, enjoying themselves and learning our Tigers way."

Keep an eye on LTTV for a hilarious, behind-the-scenes look at Bateman playing tourist in the Malaysian capital during a day out with his Talking Tigers Podcast co-host 'Bondi' and the Tigers front-rower's Tigers On Tour wrap up exclusively for LTTV after landing back in the UK - including an open and honest insight in to how the trip has helped re-shape his perception of the importance of the club's global partnerships.