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Freddie Burns' joyous reaction to re-joining Leicester after four years away

By Josh Raisey

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New Leicester Tigers signing Freddie Burns has said he is “over the moon to be returning to a club I love” but insisted he still has “goals to achieve” in Japan. After arriving at Welford Road in 2014 from Gloucester, the fly-half left in 2017 to join Bath where he spent three years in the West Country before joining Japan’s Toyota Shokki Shuttles in the Top Challenge League. 

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Ahead of his return to Leicester for next season – a deal first reported by RugbyPass on March 17 and confirmed by Tigers six days later – the soon-to-be 31-year-old Burns took to social media to explain the move. 

“See you all very soon! Over the moon to be returning to a club I love in Leicester Tigers,” wrote the five-cap England international on Instagram. “For now though, I have goals to achieve with Shokki Shuttles as well as an unbelievable life experience to squeeze every drop out of here in Japan.”

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Burns later another message thanking Shokki Shuttles for the opportunity in the Far East and adding that there are “still a few chapters left to write”. 

He said: “Can’t express how grateful I am to Shokki Shuttles for allowing me to not only experience this wonderful country but also discover so much about myself in the process. Still a few chapters left to write with friends that I have made for a lifetime… will be sad to leave and will give my everything to achieve our team goals this season. Arigato gozaimas.”

 

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The season is still young in Japan, but Burns will be leaving the Shuttles before the introduction of the new 25-team domestic competition which will launch in 2022. 

After the signing was made official, Leicester boss Steve Borthwick said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Freddie back to the club from next season. He is an experienced Premiership player who has played international rugby and will be a valuable addition to our squad.

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“I have been impressed with the way Freddie has spoken about wanting to be a part of what we are building at Tigers and his determination to be a leader in our squad.”

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Freddie Burns' joyous reaction to re-joining Leicester after four years away

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