Why Borthwick is backing three players in their late 30s for Tigers
Leicester boss Steve Borthwick is refusing to place an age ceiling on veteran backs Chris Ashton and Richard Wigglesworth.
Aston and Wigglesworth have signed new contracts with the Gallagher Premiership leaders that mean they will still be performing at Mattioli Woods Welford Road at 36 and 39 respectively.
“Training methodology has improved. I see that generally. The strength and conditioning and medical side of things are improving every year. That gives the potential for players to maintain higher standards for longer,” Borthwick said.
“Then ultimately it comes down to the drive of the player. If they don’t have that drive, then they won’t be able to. But there is definitely the potential to continue to perform at a high level.
“I’d rather not put limits on it. If these guys have the desire to play, the desire to train hard and then play well, from my point of view, why put a limit on things?”
Last week Leicester announced the signing of England and British and Irish Lions star Anthony Watson. Watson has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury seven months ago, but he is thought to be closing in on a Bath return before the current campaign ends.
The wing or full-back joined Bath from London Irish nine years ago, made his England debut in 2014 and has gone on to win 51 caps.
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