RORY HUGHES has joined struggling English Premiership giants Leicester Tigers on loan until the end of the season. The 26-year-old winger/full-back, who was capped four times by Scotland between 2015 and 2017, has struggled for game time in a highly competitive Glasgow Warriors back three this season, so has headed to the East Midlands for the rest of this season.
“Rory is a quality outside-back, who adds a different dimension to our side and vital depth as go into the second half of the season,” said Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy. “He is an international, with experience in the PRO14 and we’re excited to see what he can bring to our group.”
Hughes has joined Tigers with immediate effect and Glasgow Warriors have the right to recall him. Tigers have managed just one win and one draw from seven Premiership matches so far this season and sit second-bottom of the table, ahead of only Saracens who are trying to claw their way out of the basement following a 35 point deduction for salary cap infringements.
The Tigers’ difficult start to the season has been compounded by several injuries to outside backs, including Wales international Jonah Holmes, Telusa Veainu, Jordan Olowofela and Sam Aspland-Robinson, which has presented an opportunity at Welford Road which Hughes is clearly keen to exploit.
“It’s a massive club, a great opportunity and too good not to take it,” said Hughes, who is contracted to Warriors until the summer of 2020. “I want to improve myself and help the club out as much as I can … but I am not just here to hold a tackle bag, I want to play rugby.”