Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers has announced the signing of five new players ahead of the new season of domestic rugby, including that of Freddie Burns from domestic rivals Gloucester Rugby.
The 24 year old, who plays as a fly half, has been added to the Leicester Tigers lineup as a replacement for Toby Flood, who will be moving to France in the summer to join up with Toulouse.
The team has also completed the signings of Christian Loamanu, a utility back, flanker Robert Barbieri as well as hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini from the Italian giants Treviso. The final signing of the five is fly-half Seremaia Bai from French Top 14 side Castres.
Bai will join in the battle for the number ten shirt with both Burns and Owen Williams.
Burns is one of the most talked about young players in England at the moment and having scored a massive 986 points in his 134 matches for Gloucester, he is a proven goal scorer who will add a lot more attacking sting to the Leicester Tigers.
Moreover, with three caps already to his name, Burns is also one of the names who will hope to add to his caps for England in New Zealand.
Cockerill stated that every team wants young and talented English players in their sides and in Burns, they have signed on of the biggest talents to emerge in the country in his position since Jonny Wilkinson.
He added that when Burns plays as well as he can do, he can be as good as anybody in the world but he is also coming into a very tough environment, so he is also eager to find out how he handles things that come his way as well.