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Leicester boss Wigglesworth signs ex-Wasp as his own replacement

By Ian Cameron
Emmanuel Meafou charges down a Wasps' box kick from Sam Wolstenholme /PA

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Wigglesworth has confirmed the signing of Sam Wolstenholme on a short-term contract.

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Scrumhalf Wolstenholme will take interim Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Wigglesworth’s place in the squad after the veteran retired as a player last month after it was revealed that he would be taking over from Steve Borthwick as head coach.

Wolstenholme previously played for Wasps where he made 30 appearances. Prior to joining Wasps for the 2019/20 season, he played for Yorkshire Carnegie. Wolstenholme is a former student of Oakham School and Loughborough University, and he also spent time on loan with Hull Ionians while playing for Carnegie.

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Wigglesworth said: “Sam is an exciting addition to our group and we’re confident he will add depth to our scrum-half ranks as well as competition for places, which is a really positive thing.”

“He knows the area and the importance of Tigers to it, after attending school and university locally, and is a young man with a lot of potential and growth in his game.

“Sam also has experience in the Premiership and Europe, which is of great value and we’re looking forward to seeing him commence with the squad.”

Wolstenholme joins Leicester Tigers “effective immediately” the club have said.

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Tigers have released four players in the last 15 days. Tom Cowan-Dickie, Gabriel Oghre, Tom Horton and Lachlan Shelley have all departed Welford Road.

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