Tom Varndell has walked out of French rugby
Tom Varndell’s brief flirtation with France is over after just six PRO D2 games with Soyaux Angoulême.
The English Premiership’s all-time record try-scorer had signed a two-year deal with the second tier French club last summer.
However, he has now quit for family reasons after just a half-dozen appearances, his last run coming in the November 30 home win over Colomiers.
But he scored just once in Pro D2 and the club has agreed to release him from his contract even though they don’t have a replacement for him for the rest of the season.
Struggling Leicester, where Varndell scored 45 of the 92 tries that make him the Premiership’s all-time record try-scorer, could be his surprise next destination.
Varndell was a teammate of Geordan Murphy’s from 2004 to 2009 and the Tigers head coach is searching for short-term injury cover for the sidelined Telusa Veainu.
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