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Fans gutted as Leicester Tigers announce 'fan favourite' No.8 to depart at end of season

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Thursday Dec 14, 2023

Leicester Tigers have announced that talented No.8 Jasper Wiese will vacate the midland side at the end of the 2023/24 season after four successful years with the club.

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Wiese has not yet announced his next location, but it has been confirmed by the club that he will be taking his rather impressive talents abroad. The 28-year-old has been a firm favourite at the Tigers since his arrival, with fans disappointed to lose such an important player.

One fan said: “Sad but cant fault him, he always and still will give his all, cant ask more than that, cant deny the man going an earning while he can”, whilst another pointed out the looming problems the English Premiership faces, “Season tickets looking less and less appealing…. 6 less games. Star names leaving. Massive shame for us and the prem”

Speaking about his time at the club, the 28-year-old said: “I’ve loved every minute of my time at the club and will continue to give my all for my team and my teammates.”

“This is a special place for me and my family, and we have a lot more memories to create this season.”

Leicester Tigers General Manager Richard Wilks added: “We’re immensely proud of Jasper and the player and person he’s become at Leicester Tigers. Jasper joined us as a relatively unknown back rower from the Cheetahs and will leave us a 27-times-capped Springbok and a Rugby World Cup winner. This is testament to the hard work by Jasper but also the coaches and staff at Tigers who deserve huge credit.”

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“Jasper is a popular member of our group, and we’ll miss him at the club, but the nature of professional sport and our global game means players grow and seek new opportunities and he’ll leave us with our best wishes and he and his family will always be welcome at the club.

“Our squad is in a healthy place for beyond this season and our focus, and Jasper’s, is on making this a special year for Leicester Tigers.”

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