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Back row

Emeka Ilione

Player Stats

  • Date of Birth20 Mar 2002
  • BirthplaceMansfield

Back-rower Emike Ilione joined the Leicester Tigers academy during 2018 after playing his early rugby with Nottingham High School and Nottingham Corsairs RFC.

Previously a basketball player at county level as well as playing football, Emike says he first got into rugby after playing in year 7 at school.

“From there, some friends introduced me to Corsairs and it went from there really,” he says.

“I was invited to a trial at Newark for the DPP and then came into the academy.

“Martin Smith was my coach at school and he helped me a lot. Then at the DPP, it was Andy Stow who really made sure I worked on the technical parts of my game and tried to improve them.”

Getting to know you

If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Muhammad Ali. He was so charismatic and if you started the conversation not believing he was The Greatest, I’m sure you would believe it by the end.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to fly. Everyone wants to be able to fly don’t they?

What fillings would you add to your perfect sandwich?

There’s nothing better than BLT.