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Hamilton happy to be flexible to maintain starting spot

Hamilton happy to be flexible to maintain starting spot

Leicester Tigers’ Luke Hamilton is happy to play anywhere in the back row as he looks to cement a place in the starting XV at his new club.

Hamilton arrived at Welford Road in the summer from French side Agen having represented Wales at under-20 level and has started all three Aviva Premiership Rugby games for Tigers this season.

He shifted across the back row from blindside flanker to No.8 for the trip to Newcastle Falcons, a game which Leicester won by just a single point.

And the new signing believes he’s settled in well to English rugby despite the significant differences when compared to playing in France.

“I am looking to get better I am still young and I want cement a place in the team, whether that’s at six or eight it doesn’t matter make much of a difference,” Hamilton said.

“Settling in, off the field, there were no problems, I think two days and it was all sorted. Training takes some getting used to, the training regime is tough it’s not what I have been used to.

“I came for a challenge and to play in the Premiership, I am looking to keep building on my performances and I have more to offer.

“France is big men running straight whereas the Premiership is way more skilled. I didn’t realise it was so much more skilled, it’s a lot quicker and it took time to get used to.

“I much prefer quick games when you can play and express yourself but I don’t mind the nitty gritty games either which can also be good.”

A successful last minute drop-goal from Newcastle’s Joel Hodgson would have seen off the Tigers at Kingston Park but the visitors held on for a one-point victory.

The result moved them into the top four but Hamilton knows they must improve if they are to record their first home win of the season against an unbeaten Bath side this weekend.

“Obviously it could not have been much closer, it came down to a last second drop goal, but away at Newcasle if someone had offered us four points (before the game) we would have taken them quite happily,” he added.

“We are frustrated as a team; little things are not clicking for us. Hopefully we can get this fixed on Sunday.

“They (Bath) have started well, they are three from three but for us we will concentrate on ourselves this week because we owe the fans a performance.”

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