Fixtures - Top Bar

Bell profiting from Murphy’s guidance at Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers’ new signing Tommy Bell has only been at Welford Road for a matter of weeks but the former Jersey man admits he has already come on leaps and bounds under the tutelage of Geordan Murphy.

Bell got his first taste of Aviva Premiership Rugby action last weekend when he came off the bench to play the second half of Leicester’s 21-21 draw with Saracens.

The 21-year-old joined the Tigers last month after a storming start to the Championship season with Jersey that included scooping the player of the month award for September.

That form alerted the attention of Richard Cockerill and the Tigers set-up and with injuries crippling their back three, Bell was signed up on a two-year deal.

And with former Ireland and Tigers legend Murphy running the backs at Leicester and with an England international like Mathew Tait for competition, Bell is delighted with his decision.

“It’s a great environment at Leicester,” he said. “It was a bit of a no brainer really to come here.

“It was a good move to go to Jersey because I needed to get some regular rugby and they are a great club.

“I had a great pre-season and then the club had a great start to the season as well so when Leicester came in for me I was definitely quite chuffed, I hadn’t expected it to happen that quickly.

“But when a team like Leicester come calling you are always going to say yes, it’s a great place.

“Working with Geordan Murphy day in and day out is just amazing. He is a legend of the game, one of the best full-backs to play so to be able to learn from him in training is fantastic.

“And then when you look at the players in my position as well, someone like Mathew Tait who is another legend, he is brilliant at helping me out. 

“He has achieved so much in his career, and from a very young age so you only have to try and follow on from what he is doing.

“But it will be a case of being patient, working hard and learning off these guys and waiting for my opportunity to come. 

“At the moment with the autumn internationals and the injuries is a big moment for me, so when I do get these chances I have to try and make the most of them.”

Bell came off the bench when Blaine Scully went down injured on Sunday against Saracens and impressed in his first league outing for his new club.

A last-gasp Owen Williams penalty earned the Tigers a share of the spoils and, in addition to back-to-back wins in the LV= Cup, Bell is confident that Cockerill’s side have turned the corner.

“It’s been a tough start to the season,” he added.

“Obviously I was not here for most of it, but I have been hearing from the guys that there have been a lot of injuries.

“But that means a lot of young guys have come in and had a chance to show what they can do.

“We have had a couple of good wins against Irish and Sale in the LV= Cup and we take a lot of confidence from that.

“We are starting to build some momentum and hopefully the results start to follow.” 

This Christmas, Premiership Rugby is offering fans a special gift with selected tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click here to find out about this limited offer.

Latest News

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Saracens and London Irish to kick off the season at Twickenham

SARACENS and London Irish will help launch the 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season after being chosen as the home sides for…

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor…

Sale Sharks announce signing of Australia international James O’Connor

Lions prepared for final warm-up before All Blacks Test

After a crucial victory against the Maori All Blacks, the British & Irish Lions are just a single match away…

Wasps sign Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley

Wasps today confirm the signing of props Paul Doran-Jones and David Langley, while loosehead Tom Bristow is confirmed as leaving…

Paul Doran-Jones

Venter integral to Du Plessis opting to join London Irish

Petrus Du Plessis says Brendan Venter was a key factor in his decision to move to London Irish this summer.…

Fight and spirit shone through despite defeat, says England U20 coach Vass

Head coach Ian Vass hailed his England U20 side’s fight and spirit after they were beaten in the World Rugby…

Match Report: England U20s 17 New Zealand U20s 64

New Zealand ran in ten tries as they overpowered England in the final of the World Rugby Under 20s championship…

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars see home nations complete clean sweep

It’s been a busy weekend of international rugby and there were plenty of stand-out performances from a whole host of…

Supreme England secure series win in Argentina

Will Collier scored the winning try as England secured a hard-fought 2-0 series win against Argentina in another enthralling Test match.…

England name team for World Rugby U20 Championship final

England have named their team for the World Rugby U20 Championship final against New Zealand on Sunday (kick-off 3pm BST,…

Itoje scores vital try as Lions roar past Maori All Blacks

Maro Itoje scored his first British & Irish Lions try as Warren Gatland’s men laid down a marker for the…