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Outgoing Bok fitness guru Walters joins English club

Aled Walters (Getty Images)
Aled Walters (Getty Images)

Outgoing Springbok conditioning coach Aled Walters will join Leicester Tigers in the English Premiership. 

The club confirmed the news on Wednesday. 

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News broke on Tuesday that Walters, who joined the Springboks in 2018 under Rassie Erasmus, would be parting ways with SA Rugby having helped the national side win the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

South Africa's loss, it seems, will be the British & Irish Lions' gain ahead of next year's much-anticipated series between the sides. 

"I grew up a staunch Scarlets fan and have a lot of history with Leicester," the Welshman said, as quoted by the club's official website.

"I was there when the famous Tim Stimpson penalty went over.

"You have to fit the culture and I definitely appreciate that. That's why teams like Leicester are more attractive to me.

"Leicester is a very similar club to Munster and Scarlets - it's a working-class area, they're tougher people and that's something that definitely appealed to me.

"It's a genuine privilege and I don’t take leaving a World Cup team lightly.

"It's a very similar challenge to a couple of years ago, when I was approached to join the South African team who were playing below par.

"I see this as a similar scenario, and what I know first-hand is that things can change, but it takes a lot of hard work and only happens if everyone buys into it.

"The challenge wouldn't be as attractive if I didn't believe there were things in place to turn things around and get the job done."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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