Leicester sign All Black lock Thorn

Date published: August 19 2014

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Leicester Tigers have confirmed the arrival of 39-year-old Rugby World Cup-winning former All Black second-row Brad Thorn.

Leicester Tigers have confirmed the arrival of World Cup-winning former All Black second-row Brad Thorn.

The 39-year-old New Zealander was referred to by Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill as “one of the great all-time rugby players the world has ever seen.” He is expected at the club at the end of September.

Thorn became the first player to win World Cup, Super Rugby and Heineken Cup titles and arrives from the Highlanders having previously represented the Crusaders and Leinster.

“He is a very driven individual,” Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.

“He wants to play in the Premiership and he wants to win the Premiership.

“He will turn 40 during the season but if anyone questions his age or commitment, you wait until you meet him.”

Thorn played 59 Tests for the All Blacks but started his career in Rugby League in Australia, for whom he played 12 games in the 13-man code.

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