Leicester Tigers

The fraught Tuilagi split: Ben Youngs on why Leicester U-turn would be 'a little crazy'

Youngs, who signed an extended contract of his own at the Gallagher Premiership club on Wednesday, admitted it would be “a little crazy” if Tuilagi was to somehow announce a U-turn on his quit decision.

This news will be a bitter blow to Tigers fans who have seen five players opt to leave rather than accept a pay cut. Also joining Tuilagi in exiting Leicester were Kyle Eastmond, Greg Bateman, Noel Reid and Telusa Veainu, who has since signed a three-year deal at Stade Francais.

Taufua to become sixth Leicester Tigers contract rebel to exit

Club CEO Andrea Pinchen did not include Taufua in a list five players leaving, which included Manu Tuilagi, Noel Reid, Kyle Eastmond, Telusa Veainu and Greg Bateman.

Taufua’s absence from the list had given Tigers’ fans hope that the explosive forward may yet stay put, despite not signing before the crucial club contract deadline on Tuesday.

Leicester Tigers-bound outside-back Nemani Nadolo

A powerful runner, clinical finisher and accurate goal-kicker, former Fiji powerhouse Nadolo will move to Welford Road ahead of the 2020-21 season.

The prolific Nadolo, who can play on the wing or as a centre, has racked up over 1,000 points in domestic rugby and scored in excess of 150 professional tries.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said after landing the 32-year-old: "It's certainly one to get excited about, no matter who you are.

"He's a star of the international game and a player that crowds all over the world have been able to enjoy see play.

Sale's slow start continues at Leicester

The basement side enjoyed a fine start at Welford Road, scoring the game's first try through Marland Yarde after five minutes, but they failed to build from there.

George Ford's boot proved decisive for Leicester as he dispatched four penalties, seemingly putting the Tigers out of sight after Kyle Eastmond went over from Gareth Owen's offload.

Sale came into the contest again in the final 20 minutes and crossed through both Rob Webber and Curtis Langdon, but Will Cliff was unable to land any of his three conversion attempts.

Leicester move for Ma'afu and Feao

Ma'afu, 33, has appeared in over 50 Tests for Fiji and has experience of playing in Britain after spells with Cardiff Blues and Northampton Saints, while 27-year-old Feao featured in three Tests for Tonga in June.

The duo give Leicester greater depth in the front row after Genge sustained a knee injury while on international duty with England.

Tonga international agrees move to Welford Road

At 6ft 4in tall and weighing 17st 9lb, the 24-year-old Mapapalangi is a physical presence in attack and defence from the back row and has gained experience in New Zealand with Auckland, Waikato, Chiefs and Manawatu.

"Valentino is a very talented young player with a lot of potential to grow and develop with us."

Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor

An exciting talent in Tongan rugby, he earned his first international selection during 2016 and started the Test against Wales this summer.

Bath suffer first defeat to impressive Tigers

Tries from Brendon O'Connor, Tom Youngs and Ed Slater helped the Tigers to a commanding victory at Welford Road, Owen Williams adding 17 points with the boot.

Semesa Rokoduguni and Tom Dunn crossed for Bath, but Todd Blackadder's men were ultimately well beaten as the hosts powered clear in the second half.

Leicester move up to fourth in the table, a point behind Bath and five shy of leaders Wasps.

Tonga's Telusa Veainu turned down plenty of attractive offers to sign for Leicester Tigers

He has never watched another game since.

Not through any sense of disgust at what he saw, just that he was too busy making a name for himself playing, instead of watching.