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Telusa Veainu gearing up for first end-of-season run-in with Leicester Tigers


Telusa Veainu admits he is delighted that the Leicester Tigers ranks will be bolstered by their England contingent with just five rounds to go of Aviva Premiership Rugby this season.

Veainu is no stranger to the big stage, having run out for Tonga during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

But domestically the 25-year-old has never played as much rugby as he currently is, Veainu having already racked up 19 Tigers appearances since joining in October.

That is three more than Veainu managed in five Super Rugby seasons with the Highlanders, Crusaders and Melbourne Rebels, proving that he is made for Aviva Premiership Rugby as he has scored six tries in 14 league appearances thus far.

But there is no time for Veainu to pat himself on the back as with five Aviva Premiership Rugby rounds left Leicester sit just inside the top four, three points ahead of fifth-place Northampton Saints and five in front of Harlequins.

And that means the versatile back is extra relieved to know that Leicester Tigers will soon be able to call on their Grand Slam-winning England stars again as he looks to keep his performance levels as high as ever.

“I haven’t been in this situation in Aviva Premiership Rugby before so for me, having the England guys back like Ben Youngs and Dan Cole will be great,” he said.

“The leadership boys have been great at keeping us prepared and focused on the task at hand and making sure we aren’t away with the fairies.

“They have been putting a lot of pressure on the guys who have not been here before and that is ideal preparation for the tough games that are coming up.

“I have really been enjoying my footy and I am just happy to be playing to be honest, I haven’t had this much time before.

“I am looking forward to the summer too though as I haven’t seen the sun in what feels like ten weeks, but first we have a job to do and I am focussed on that that.”

While the Tigers’ England stars were still celebrating their victory over France, those in a Leicester shirt were also celebrating last weekend after beating reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens 21-13 at Welford Road.

And Veainu – who came on for the final 27 minutes of the clash – is hopeful that victory can propel Leicester to the semi-finals.

“A lot of hard work went into the win over Saracens and I know they were missing players too but I thought we played some good stuff and scored some good tries too,” he added.

“It is always good to beat them and hopefully we can take a lot of confidence away from that game and use it for the rest of the season.

“We played well but we also left a lot of points out there against Sarries so we want to move on and keep improving.”

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