Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor says there is a “good vibe” in his squad ahead of their Aviva Premiership opener against Bath.
History strongly favours the Tigers getting their campaign off to a winning start, with Bath claiming just one league win on Leicester soil since the competition began in 1998.
Former Bath star George Ford, back in Leicester colours following a four-year stint at the Recreation Ground, lines up alongside his England colleague Jonny May, who makes his Premiership debut after moving from Gloucester last month.
Leicester Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor is excited to watch his new recruits in action. Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images
“We got everything that we wanted in pre-season and there is a good vibe in the group and fit bodies, which is important,” O’Connor said.
“The character of the group has never been in question, and guys have genuinely put up their hands for selection.
“We are excited by the new players we’ve brought in, and having guys like Manu, Matt Toomua and Logo Mulipola back in place is good for us, too.”
Tuilagi has not played in the Premiership since January, while Australian Toomua featured in just two games for the Tigers last term before injury forced him onto the sidelines.
“It’s a bit like ‘Tigers Tale 2’ for me after last season,” said Toomua ahead of the new campaign.
“It’s great to get back out on the field. I am very excited looking forward to the new season. It has been a long time coming.”
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