Taufua settling in with Leicester

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Before he could travel to England he had to finish out his New Zealand career with Tasman on their winning Mitre 10 Cup run and then when making his Leicester debut a head injury restricted his contribution.

 

But in his home debut against Exeter he gave an outstanding display, and followed that up with a big performance against Harlequins at Twickenham.

 

Taufua told leicestermercury.co.uk: "I've been here for almost two months now and been welcomed in by the club really well. It has been good to get in a couple of games under my belt so I'm, definitely settling into life with Leicester.

 

"The passion that the fans show is unreal. In my first game at Welford Road I don't think I've ever played in front of a crowd like that, even back home in New Zealand," he said.

 

Leicester have been the most successful side in England's Premiership. They have 10 titles, four more than Bath and Wasps and five more than Saracens. However, they haven't been on the winner's podium since 2012-13 and to date in the 2019-20 season they are sitting 11th on the table with only one win from seven games. Only Saracens, who were given a 35-point penalty for salary cap offences, are beneath them.

 

"There is a lot of passion even walking around Oval Park, learning some of the history of the club, where Leicester has come from and where we see Leicester in the future. It is just awesome being part of that going forward," he said.

 

It hasn't taken Taufua long to recognise the differences between the rugby he has been used to in New Zealand and what he can expect during his time in England.

 

"It is very physical. There are a lot more big bodies on this side of the world – my shoulders and body are getting a bit of a work out but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

 

"It is very set-piece orientated, lineouts and scrums, but I can see the game here is getting a lot quicker with the ball in play more. It is nothing I'm not used to and it is good to see on this side of the world," he said.

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