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Leicester Tigers sign Junior Springbok of the Year Corné Beets

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Leicester Tigers are excited to announce Junior Springbok of the Year Corné Beets has signed with the club on a long-term deal.

Beets, 20, is considered one of the best prospects in South African rugby having been a standout performer wearing the number eight jersey for his country in last year’s U20 World Championships, scoring a try in the third-place playoff against England.

Beets played his schools rugby at Paarl Gymnasium in the Western Cape province of South Africa, the same school as future teammate, double-World Cup winner Handré Pollard.

Corné Beets said: “The incredible opportunity to become a member of the prestigious Leicester Tigers family excites me. “

“It is an honour and a privilege to bring my enthusiasm and expertise to this legendary club, and I am eager to take on the challenges that lie ahead while creating lifelong memories with my teammates and the amazing Leicester Tigers supporters.

“I'm excited to fully immerse myself in Leicester's rich culture and becoming a proud member of the community.”

Leicester Tigers general manager, Richard Wilks said: “We’re happy that a player with Corné’s potential will be joining our club and we’re excited to see what he can become in our program.”

“We’ve seen the growth in players like Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese at Tigers and we’ve no doubt Corné will dedicate himself as those players have and grow from strength to strength at the club.

“From our meetings with him and from his reputation, Corné's also got the right personality and character for our club, and we’re just excited for him to join us.”

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “We’re really pleased to have Corné join us next season.”

“He’s a young man who’s obviously got all the tools to play the game at the highest level and his job will be to apply himself every day with the goal of getting better

“As a player, you like his athleticism, his set-piece and that coming through that South African pathway, you know he’ll play a style that suits Leicester Tigers, so we’re excited to work with him and see him grow in our program.”