• Wiese earns new Leicester contract

    South African loose forward Jasper Wiese has put pen to paper on a new contract with the Leicester Tigers just three months after joining the Premiership club.

    The 25-year-old joined Tigers ahead of the 2020-21 season at the end of November last year and has made eight appearances, scoring three tries, since his debut in round one of the current Premiership campaign.

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    Wiese joined Tigers from the Cheetahs, where he spent four seasons before making the move to the East Midlands.

    A hard-working, physical loose forward, Wiese polled in the top 10 for carries, metres made and defenders beaten in the Premiership at the halfway point of the 2020-21 season.

    ‘Jasper’s impact on the field has been immediate since he arrived in the buildup to this season and, equally so, has been a huge contributor to our environment off the pitch,’ Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick said.

    ‘He is incredibly committed to his teammates, the club and what we are building at Leicester Tigers. Jasper is a fine young man, who we are very pleased to have agreed a new deal with and look forward to what he will continue to bring to Tigers in the future.’

    Wiese, meanwhille, expressed his delight at being able to extend his stay in Leicester.

    ‘I am very pleased to re-sign here at Tigers,’ he said. ‘I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the club and in Leicester since arriving and am excited for the future with this group of players, coaches and staff.

    ‘Working with Steve and the coaching team has been great for me and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them and growing as a player.

    ‘The only thing missing for me is that I have not been able to experience a home crowd yet and that is something I know will be special when we have fans back at Welford Road.’

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