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Leicester Tigers release Springbok back row Marco van Staden

By Ian Cameron
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Leicester Tigers have confirmed that the club has ‘agreed terms’ with Marco van Staden, which will see the Springbok released from his contract early.

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The former Bulls back-rower will depart the UK and return to South Africa to continue his injury rehabilitation, understood to be concussion.

He hasn’t played for the new Gallagher Premiership champions since December, 2021.

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Having joined Tigers after having featured for South Africa in the 2021 Rugby Championship, the 26-year-old made just eight appearances in his single season at Welford Road after arriving during the opening months of the 21/22 campaign.

“Marco’s time with us has, unfortunately, been cut short by injury but his contribution to Leicester Tigers during this stage of our journey in a short space of time will not be forgotten,” said Tigers Head Coach Steve Borthwick. “He has made a great contribution to Leicester Tigers and been a pleasure to coach, work with and learn from in his time at the club.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I thank Marco – and his wife Chanel – for their part in our success this season and wish them well for their next chapter together.”

“It has been a short but unforgettable time at Leicester Tigers,” said van Staden. “It was an honour and a privilege representing this club and being part of this special group.#

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“I want to thank every coach, staff member and player for making my time here worth every second and making life long friends in a short time.

“To the Tigers supporters, thank you for giving the best and most dedicated support I have ever experienced.”

Van Staden last featured in a Springboks camp in last year’s Rugby Championship.

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