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Former Ireland and Munster back James Cronin to join Leicester

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Former Munster and Ireland prop James Cronin will join Leicester from Biarritz next season.

After being relegated from the top 14, Cronin will leave Biarritz after just one year at the French club.

The 31-year-old bobblehead was sacked by Munster last summer, ending eight years in his home province, for which he played 143 games.

The Cork native has three caps in Ireland and is looking forward to a new challenge with the Premier League leaders.

“You can see Leicester Tigers are a thriving club run by a world-class coach in Steve Borthwick and I want to push myself in an environment like the one he has created,” Cronin said.

“Being a part of what is being built at the club is a huge driver for me.

“I see myself as a hardworking, confrontational player and in the chats I’ve had with Steve he wants to see those qualities in me.

“I hope my performances earn me the respect of the Leicester Tigers fans.”

Tigers head coach Borthwick welcomed the addition of Cronin to his squad, adding:

“James is a physical, determined player who has proven his skills in some of the toughest rugby environments in the game.

“He has experience at national and international level which will enhance leadership in our group and will be of great benefit in the development of the younger players in our front row.

“We are delighted that James is joining Leicester Tigers next season.”

Meanwhile, Leicester have also signed former Leinster out-half Jimmy Gopperth, 38, from Wasps ahead of next season.

https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/former-ireland-and-munster-prop-james-cronin-to-join-leicester-41644185.html Former Ireland and Munster back James Cronin to join Leicester

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