Burns: ‘Massive impact from Mauger’

Date published: August 29 2015

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Leicester Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns has hailed the impact made by new head coach Aaron Mauger after his arrival from New Zealand.

The former All Blacks centre has taken charge at Leicester, working with director of rugby Richard Cockerill, arriving from his previous role with the Crusaders.

Burns, who missed out on England's original 50-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup despite being capped against New Zealand in 2014, has been in the thick of pre-season action with the Tigers.

While admitting that the proof of Mauger's input would come in competitive matches, Burns did say that the team were excited to execute what they've picked up in training.

"It's been brilliant. He (Mauger) has made a massive impact straight away," Burns told the Leicester Mercury.

"His philosophy of how we want to go about the game and how we're going to play the game is good.

"Time will tell when it comes to games, but so far, it's so good.

"We've just been looking at the general attacking game, getting a bit more width into the attack and becoming a threat again at the line, which is always nice to hear as an attacking 10.

"Everyone's excited with what he's brought to the team and we are really looking forward to going out there and into games.

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