Levani Botia confirms future, ex-Leicester Tigers locks Dom Barrow on trial against Premiership rival, academy alumnus retires

Leicester Tigers’ reported interest in signing Levani Botia has confirmed where he will play his rugby next season.

The Fijian superstar is said to have sparked interest from the Tigers as he entered the final months of his current contract with La Rochelle.

But last season’s losing Heineken Champions finalists put an end to speculation about the 32-year-old’s future after announcing a new deal until 2024. If the talented center ends the contract, he will have spent a decade in the Top 14 club.

Lock return

Former Leicester Tigers lock Dom Barrow is preparing to come out of retirement from professional rugby.

The 6-foot-7 forward spent three seasons at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, making 52 appearances before joining La Rochelle in March 2018 on a medical joker and then teaming up with the Northampton Saints.

A year later his departure from an injury at Franklin’s Gardens was announced with “immediate effect” and in February 2020, The Rugby Paper reported that Barrow had moved away from rugby to instead focus on a career as general manager by Pure-EV. , a company specializing in the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles.

However, it appears Barrow is hoping to get his shoes back as Sale Sharks rugby manager Alex Sanderson made the following revelation on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

“We have Dom Barrow coming for a trial,” Sanderson said. “He wants to get back into the game. He has his own little baggage, he left with a bit of a mental disorder, I’m sure he won’t mind if I say that as long as I don’t get too far.

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“But he’s a guy who wants another chance and believes there’s more to him. So when you introduce him and what you’re trying to do to Sale, we can definitely help him on the mental side. of the game. It’s like somebody goes back to college, they don’t go back for the first year, they go back because they want the degree. He’s going back to do something with his life, I think. really that Dom is.

To listen to the full interview, click here.

Kyran Bungaroo, ex-Leicester Tigers

Bungaroo calls it a day after a “constant struggle

Former Leicester Tigers development team player Kyran Bungaroo has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The rear came out along with Sam Eveleigh, Leo Gilliland, Cameron Jordan and Keston Lines in 2020.

Bungaroo, 24, who showed up for Burgess Hill at Harvey’s Brewery Sussex 1 and announced on social media that his pursuit of professional rugby is over.

He wrote in an Instagram post: “It was an extremely difficult choice to make, but the time has come for me to stop playing rugby professionally.

“Since I left Leicester Tigers in 2020 my rugby career has been a constant struggle. As the peak of the pandemic began and rugby seasons began to be canceled, individual training was all I needed. ‘had for over a year.

“In these uncertain times, I always hoped that an opportunity would present itself, but unfortunately nothing happened. But, all this experience has taught me a lot. In the world of rugby, a lot of things are uncertain, including including the people you trust.

“All that being said, in the first 5 years I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of playing professional sport. That’s all I wanted as a kid and I’m grateful for all the accomplishments. that I have accomplished.

“If there is one thing that I am most grateful for in these years, it is all the amazing people I have met and played with from all over the world! The rugby community is a very special and that I will miss very much!

“Finally, I want to thank everyone who supported me in my rugby journey, especially my mother and father. Since the age of 5, they have sacrificed themselves and have done everything they could to make me happy and make my dream come true, which I could be more grateful for [heart emoji].

“I will now enter the world of personal training for which I am very excited! “

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