Cole heads quintet to sign new Leicester deals


Dan Cole’s entire Premiership career has been spent at Leicester, for whom he has made 184 appearances

England forward Dan Cole has signed a new undisclosed-length deal with Leicester Tigers

The 30-year-old 75-times capped prop, who has also played three Tests for the British & Irish Lions, is one of five Tigers to agree extensions.

Australian international centre Matt Toomua, 27, has signed a new contract to remain at Welford Road until 2020.

Mike Williams, 26, Greg Bateman, 28, and Tongan Telusa Veainu, 26, have signed undisclosed-length deals.

Toomua is enjoying a much happier second season at Leicester, having played just twice last term after suffering a knee injury.

Fit-again Matt Toomua has played eight times in 2017-18 after missing most of last season

Zimbabwe-born lock Williams was named in the England Elite Player Squad for 2016-17, becoming part of Eddie Jones’ training squad during the Six Nations.

He has made 37 appearances, including six this season, since arriving from Worcester Warriors on a two-year contract in the summer of 2015.

Hooker Bateman, who made club history by playing in all three front-row positions for Tigers during the 2016-17 season, is approaching 50 first-team appearances since his arrival from Exeter, also in the summer of 2015.

Veainu is in his third year with the club, having arrived in 2015 after playing for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup. He has scored 23 tries in 48 appearances – including five tries in eight appearances this season.

He is expected to be missing for the Tigers’ next two Premiership matches as he is on international duty with Tonga.

Telusa Veainu (left), Greg Bateman (centre) and Mike Williams are on undisclosed-length deals

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