England winger Ollie Hassell-Collins signs for Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers confirm England winger Ollie Hassell-Collins will join them from London Irish this summer, while veteran Mike Brown signs a contract extension to cast further doubt on Anthony Watson’s future amid Castres interest

  • Ollie Hassell-Collins made his England debut during the recent Six Nations
  • The 23-year-old London Irish winger has now signed for Leicester Tigers 
  • Mike Brown has also penned a new deal, leaving Anthony Watson’s role unclear

England winger Ollie Hassell-Collins has signed for Leicester Tigers on the same day the club announced a new contract for Mike Brown.

Having made his international debut during the Six Nations, Hassell-Collins will join Leicester from London Irish from the 2023/24 season.

The deal casts further doubt over the future of Anthony Watson, who is currently in talks about a move to French side Castres.

Hassell-Collins said: ‘It’s the biggest club in England and hard to say no, when they want to come and chat with you. It excites me a lot, being a part of Leicester Tigers.’

Former England full-back Brown has signed a contract extension, understood to run until the end of 2023.

23-year-old winger Ollie Hassell-Collins has signed for Leicester Tigers after making his England debut during the Six Nations

It comes on the same day that Mike Brown (left) signed a new deal with the club, casting doubts over the future of Anthony Watson (right)

Having not played for 11 months, Brown was given a short-term deal at Leicester to provide Six Nations cover for Freddie Steward.

He has since played in all five games, scoring twice and winning a man-of-the-match award as the defending champions launched a play-off push.

Brown said: ‘The opportunity to play at Mattioli Woods Welford Road with the supporters this club has was something I wasn’t, admittedly, quite sure about after being an opposition player for so long, but they have welcomed me so well and it is great that I can keep doing that.’

Leicester have also agreed a long-term contract extension with Scotland lock Cam Henderson.

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