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Toomua excited by return to action

Matt Toomua says he feels like he is starting his Leicester Tigers career again after returning from injury and he is excited to count down the days to the season-opener against Bath Rugby on Sunday.

After just two appearances in his debut season due to injury, Australia international Toomua returned to action in the pre-season games against Treviso and Ospreys, and is now in line for a competitive return when the Aviva Premiership season opens at Welford Road this weekend.

“It’s a bit like ‘Tigers Tale 2’ for me after last season,” Toomua said. “It’s great to get back out on the field.

“It was good to get a first game out of the way and have something to build on. I was a bit lost in that first game against Treviso but felt a lot better on Friday.

“I’m very excited now looking forward to the new season, It’s been a long time coming.

“It’ll be great to kick off again, with a big crowd in.”

Toomua scored one of the tries in the win over the Ospreys and gained valuable gametime after recovering from a knee injury.

“We did some good things on Friday and scored some good tries – it is a lot easier when there is so much quality around you.

“I had a heavy foot for the try – I belted it and I wanted to run just so it looked like I’d tried hard but then the ball sat up and I had to go for it! Fortunately I got there just in time. I’ll take it.

It was good to have a full pre-season. It is probably a silver lining on that, having a full pre-season with no rush to it. Hopefully that will allow me to keep building. It was nice to be out there again and not be in a suit on matchday! It’s nice to get out on the field.”