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Leicester Tigers eye move for Shokki Shuttles fly-half Freddie Burns

Leicester Tigers eye puts fly-half Freddie Burns and former England winger Chris Ashton in talks for Shokki Shuttles to leave Harlequins for Worcester Warriors

  • Leicester Tigers have opened talks with Freddie Burns about a return to the club
  • Chris Ashton hopes to be reunited with his former coach Jonathon Thomas
  • Samoan winger Sinoti Sinoti was on trial at Sixways last week

Leicester Tigers have opened talks with Freddie Burns about a return to Welford Road, as former England winger Chris Ashton is nearing a transfer to Worcester.

Ashton plans to run away from Harlequins and the Mail on Sunday understands he can get to Worcester as soon as possible tomorrow.

Ashton, one of England’s most prolific try-scorers at 20, is hoping to reunite with Warriors coach Jonathan Thomas, with whom he worked with the Barbarians. Worcester is in the market for back-three coverage after leading try-scorer Melani Nanai sustained a potential seasonal injury.

Freddie Burns, the flying half of Shokki Shuttles, could be on his way back to Leicester Tigers

Freddie Burns, the flying half of Shokki Shuttles, could be on his way back to Leicester Tigers

Samoa winger Sinoti Sinoti also reportedly went on trial with Sixways this week and could offer an alternative option.

Meanwhile, fly-half Burns plays for Shokki Shuttles in Japan after a big move from Bath.

Former England star Chris Ashton (left) is poised to leave Harlequins for Worcester Warriors

Former England star Chris Ashton (left) is poised to leave Harlequins for Worcester Warriors

Former England star Chris Ashton (left) is poised to leave Harlequins for Worcester Warriors

The playmaker, who has been capped five times by England, has the option of staying in Asia for another year, but Leicester would like to sign him for the 2021-22 season.

New rugby director Steve Borthwick is on a zero race starting with Jordan Taufua who will join Lyon and possibly even move to France before the end of the season. South African flanker Marco van Staden, who plays for the Bulls, has been identified as a possible replacement.

And Newcastle would like to sign the London Irish No 10 Theo Brophy-Clews.

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