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Gloucester Rugby: Richard Cockerill confirms Freddie Burns on Leicester shopping list

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Leicester Tigers eye Gloucester Rugby fly-half Freddie Burns

Leicester Tigers eye Gloucester Rugby fly-half Freddie Burns

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Richard Cockerill has confirmed Leicester Tigers are eyeing up a move for Gloucester star Freddie Burns.

The England fly-half is out of contract at Kingsholm at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a switch to Welford Road.

Burns has admitted he is struggling to make what will be the toughest decision of his rugby career but knows the clock is ticking.

Any move to the Tigers will be dependent on Toby Flood’s future at the Midlands club. He has been offered a new deal but is mulling over a big-money move to France.

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And if he decides to cross the Channel, Cockerill admits Burns and Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland are at the top of the Tigers’ shopping list.

“It’s no secret that Toby Flood has not re-signed and he is looking at what he does,” said Cockerill, in today’s Daily Telegraph.

“It would be remiss of us not to go out there and see what is in the market.

"Freddie Burns is out of contract, Rhys Priestland is out of contract and there are one or two players out of contract in the southern hemisphere and in France, so we are looking at lots of people.

“The regulations state that from Jan 1 we can have those conversations. But if those guys are out of contract on Jan 1, certainly in the Premiership, we will be having those discussions if it’s the right thing to do.”

Leicester have not set a deadline for Flood to decide his future but hope to have confirmation either way in the New Year.

A move would prompt a domino effect across Europe with London Wasps target Priestland linked to the Cherry and Whites as Burns' replacement.

Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies insists the club have done everything possible to hang onto the 23-year-old and hopes recent signings will be significant in his decision.

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  • Straw70  |  December 16 2013, 11:54PM

    A troll is a troll and NOT-A-shedhead2011/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • RubinHall  |  December 16 2013, 11:50PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupҽrt Hardҽn anchoring it and we have no effective maul or defence against it when he is not on the field. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll shedhead2011/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • ray-gIaws  |  December 16 2013, 11:46PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll shedhead2011/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby.

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  • Gambone  |  December 16 2013, 11:44PM

    Nigel Davies knows that Harden is his top tight head; everyone else knows that Rupҽrt Hardҽn is the best tight head at Glaws. The only one who thinks otherwise and thinks he is better than Nigel Davies is the troll shedhead2011/gloslover-not/dopey-lerone/bikeshed/dumbanddumber20 etc.

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  • Sid_Glawsder  |  December 16 2013, 11:40PM

    NOT-A-shedhead2011/bikeshed/dopey-lerone/dumbanddumber20 is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden has proved him so wrong time after time with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • RubinHall  |  December 16 2013, 11:37PM

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Laugh at the useless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll shedhead2011/spinelessjim aka shedheadNEVER aka gloslover-not or DumbAndDumber20 or dopey_lerone if he prefers. He is soooo upset that he has been found out with his latest identity. He knows absolutely nothing about rugby union, sat in his sad home for sad lonely old men.

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  • Straw70  |  December 16 2013, 11:33PM

    It's hilarious the way the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "shedhead2011" identity to his "shedheadNOT"/"gloslover-NOT"/"spinelessjim" identities expecting everyone to take him seriously. The fact is he is a clueless troll who has no idea about Gloucester Rugby or any of its players and he hasn't the first clue where Kingsholm is.

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  • Gambone  |  December 16 2013, 11:30PM

    Let's face it, the so-called "NOT-A-shedhead2011" is just the same clueless old Gloucester hating multi-identity troll who has never been to any Gloucester game at Kingsholm, let alone any away and has no idea about front row play. He knows nothing about Puafisi or any other Gloucester Rugby. He doesn't even know what the Shed is. # Rupҽrt Hardҽn is Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head. ND knows it which is why he selects him to start all the critical games.

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  • ray-gIaws  |  December 16 2013, 10:22PM

    Laugh at the brain-dead troll NOT-A-shedhead2011 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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  • craig_ben  |  December 15 2013, 8:56PM

    ...And up pops the very Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll, "NOT-A-shead2011", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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