Leicester Tigers sign Richard Wigglesworth ahead of 2020/21 season

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Geordan Murphy
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Geordan Murphy

Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of former Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The 37-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Sale Sharks in 2002 and after 113 appearances in the Premiership with the AJ Bell Stadium based club, he switched to Saracens ahead of 2010/11 season.

During his time with Saracens, he enjoyed five Premiership titles along with three European Champions Cup wins making over 250 appearances for them.

“It’s very exciting to welcome a player of Richard’s calibre to Leicester Tigers,” said director of rugby Geordan Murphy.

“He has seen it all, done it all and understands what it takes to be successful in rugby and is a proven winner at the top level of the game.

“Richard has unrivalled experienced in Premiership Rugby, has achieved multiple European success and played international rugby for more than a decade.

“What Richard will bring us on the pitch is only half of it, as his experience and knowledge will also add so much to our young squad at Leicester Tigers and what we are building here in this new chapter of our club’s history.”

The 37-year-old made his international debut for England in 2008 and has gone on to play 33 Tests including appearances in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. He also represented England Sevens team in the past.

“I still feel like I am fit, I’m healthy and can contribute and Tigers is a great fit," he said.

“I’ve never been one to look for an easy option, I’ve always wanted a challenge and this is a big challenge for me.

“Leicester Tigers is the biggest club in the country and I am relishing the challenge.

“It is a club that want to get back to the top and that isn’t easy … but I am not interested in easy.

“Leicester Tigers has a lot of good people and I am excited to be involved.”