Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of Fijian loosehead prop Campese Ma'afu (52-caps) and Tongan international tighthead David Feao (3-caps) ahead of the inaugural Gallagher Premiership season.
Ma'afu (33) and Feao (28) will provide ample injury and international cover for England duo Ellis Genge and Dan Cole, the former of whom is currently out with a long-term knee injury sustained while on England duty this summer.
At 118kg and 125kg respectively the arrival of Ma'afu and Feao adds to Matt O'Connor's (Tigers' Head Coach) ambitions of returning Leicester to the team of old that commanded an uncompromising forward unit. This depiction of the classic Tigers side has been a far cry from reality of late, failing to qualify for the Premiership semi-finals last season for the first time in 14-years after a gradual downfall over the last five years.
With O'Connor also adding Worcester forwards Will Spencer (lock) and David Denton (number eight) and Wasps openside Guy Thompson earlier this year, Leicester can expect an improved physical showing this season, with the squad's latest additions all providing their former sides' with exceptional front-foot ball.
O'Connor commented on the news of Ma'afu's and Feao's signings earlier today: "We're obviously disappointed to have Ellie [Genge] sidelined for the start of the season after suffering a knee injury on the England tour in the summer and we look forward to seeing him back to full fitness in due course, but Campese is a very experienced prop with good knowledge of Premiership and European rugby
"David [Feao] comes in with some good experience in Europe and we think he can continue to make good progress here. He is a big, powerful man and we look forward to getting him to work in the build-up to the new season."
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