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Tigers On Tour | Leicester duo make Test debut

Your weekly wrap-up of Leicester Tigers squad members off-season activities, on and off the pitch, ahead of a return to training for the 2021/22 campaign...

The club added two more names to the tally of internationals as the 2021 summer of Tests for England Rugby came to a close at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon.

Dan Kelly, less than eleven months after his professional rugby debut, and Tigers Academy graduate Harry Wells joined club mates Joe Heyes and Freddie Steward in receiving a Test cap during this summer's series of matches.

Kelly, who started at inside centre, and second-rower Wells were standouts in England's 70-14 thrashing of Canada, looking immediately comfortable on the big stage.

Ellis Genge, who was England vice-captain for the match, was at his barnstorming best for the national side and crossed for a trademark try on the back of a 'Baby Rhino' run through the middle of the Canadian defence.

Heyes received plaudits for his set-piece efforts post-match, looking like a seasoned international in only his second international appearance, while Steward once again stood out at full-back to finish a stellar season for the Leicester youngster on a high note.

Elsewhere, in Wales, Tigers duo Julián Montoya and Matías Moroni were instrumental in Argentina's 20-20 draw with Wales.

The Los Pumas went down to 13 men at one stage in the match, with a yellow and red card coming within minutes of one another, but the South American squad fought hard to ensure the home team's comeback fell short in Cardiff. 

Earlier in the weekend, in New Zealand, Leicester outside-backs Nemani Nadolo and Kini Murimurivalu faced off with the All Blacks fresh of the home side's 100+ point thrashing of Tonga.

In Fiji's first outing since last Autumn's international series in Europe, the Pacific Island nation went down 57-23 in Dunedin. 

Despite half a century of points being put on the visitors, it was they who came away with the plaudits for their efforts against the more-fancied home squad and tested the Kiwis right up until the full-time whistle.