Signing new flanker 'absolute fluke' for Tigers, says Richard Cockerill
Leicester Tigers have added French flanker Lucas Guillame to their squad.
The youngster was a try-scorer in Monday night's 43-14 win over Worcester in the A League.
He has been at the club for a couple of weeks and director of rugby Richard Cockerill described their signing of the Frenchman as an "absolute fluke".
"We have recruited Lucas by a bizarre coincidence," he said. "He has played for Montpellier's first and second team and has come to Leicester to study business at De Montfort University.
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"Ged Glynn, our chief scout, was contacted and told that, while he was over here, Lucas would like to play at the best possible level.
"Obviously, that is with us so it is really an absolute fluke that we have signed him.
"He is very athletic and quite lightweight but we have got him off croissants and he is eating vegetables and meat now!
"He is thought of highly at Montpellier and he has played age-group rugby in France.
"He works hard and is here for a year. It has cost us very little so it's a win-win situation for us.
"If he plays and is really good, then great. If he is another body at training, then great too.
"He is keen to impress so let's see how he goes."
Michael Noone was another new back-rower who enjoyed an impressive outing in Monday's A League win.
Centres Andy Symons and Andrew Forsyth also had successful comebacks from injury.
Despite making a host of new back-row signings, Cockerill revealed that there was still money available in the salary cap for a new face or two as the season develops.
"We are always looking for players and there is a bit of money in the pot, which we will use," he said. "But you have to bring the right people in whether is in the back-row or somewhere else.
"At this moment, we have enough people body wise and we are fine."
England head coach Stuart Lancaster announced this week that Tigers blind-side flanker Tom Croft would not be considered for selection when the autumn internationals come around.
The 26-year-old is still recovering from a neck injury he picked up at Harlequins in April and is due to return to fitness next month.