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Freddie Burns will be a good fit at Leicester, reckons boss Richard Cockeril

By lauracfell  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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LEICESTER boss Richard Cockerill has confirmed Freddie Burns will be “a good fit” at Welford Road next season.

Gloucester confirmed the fly-half will be leaving the Cherry and Whites at the end of the season on Monday, but did not stipulate where the 23-year-old is headed.

Rumours he has signed a three-year deal with the Tigers have been circulating, while Burns’ form dipped and he was dropped to the bench for Gloucester’s festive double victory over Worcester and London Irish.

But with Toby Flood Toulouse-bound at the end of the season, Cockerill is searching for a fly-half to fill the void the 60-cap England fly-half will leave.

Cockerill said: “Having the right fly-half for your team is vital.

“Toby stays very flat on the gain line and attacks the whole time. We are a different side without him, like New Zealand without Dan Carter.

“If Burns were to come here, I would like to think his game would be a good fit. He has always played well against Leicester. He is very spiky and instinctive.

“We are not a club that fanfares signings. We don’t need the kudos of a big announcement.

“We want to get players here and work with them.

“You would want to keep Toby and he will be very difficult to replace. But Toby developed hugely here and we would expect the same of whoever comes.

“They will have to compete for their place. It is one thing being in the team, it is another being good in the team.

“The objective is not just to make the side. You have to be in that team and help it win. Everyone is under pressure for their spots here. That’s the way Leicester is.”

Burns, who admits he has been out of form while pondering his future, missed the cut for the Six Nations Squad travelling to France on February 1, and instead will play for England Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds on January 25 at Kingsholm.

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  • alex-bound  |  January 15 2014, 8:11PM

    Harden is the best. It's as simple as that and the Gloucester Rugby hating multi-identity troll Mick Gavaghan aka Django_G knows it but daren't admit it because of the extra egg he would end up with on face.

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  • Roon57  |  January 15 2014, 7:59PM

    Harden is the best tight head at Gloucester by a mile.

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  • walker1150  |  January 15 2014, 7:55PM

    Harden is Gloucester's first choice tight head, that is the fact that the troll Mick Gavaghan aka Django_G can not stand. He really hates it.

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  • Newilldon  |  January 15 2014, 7:51PM

    Harden is a superb player and rightly Gloucester Rugby's first choice in the No. 3 shirt.

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  • Adamskill  |  January 15 2014, 7:47PM

    Harden is a class act. There is no doubt about it. The Gloucester Rugby hating troll Django_G THINKS he knows better than the coaches at Gloucester who put Harden in as the first choice tight head but no one is paying Django_G for his rugby brain. Not that he even has one.

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  • alex-bound  |  January 15 2014, 7:43PM

    Harden has class, there is no doubt about that. He is Gloucester's number one tight head by merit.

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  • Roon57  |  January 15 2014, 7:34PM

    Harden has had a storming season. It is no wonder he is selected to start the most games of all the front row forwards. And not just any old games. It is the key games where you need your best players.

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  • walker1150  |  January 15 2014, 7:31PM

    Harden has been an absolute star this season. He deserves an early contract renewal for the great effort he has put in this season.

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  • Adamskill  |  January 15 2014, 7:20PM

    Harden = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head. No doubt about it!

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  • Roon57  |  January 15 2014, 7:06PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll Django_G aka shedheadNOT aka gloslover-NOT pretending to be a Gloucester Rugby supporter. The fact is, he is a clueless idiot who knows absolutely nothing about Gloucester Rugby or rugby union. In fact, he knows so little about anything that it comes as no surprise that his daily routine includes a visit to the job centre.

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