EXETER CHIEFS capture Tiger Waldrom

exeter chiefs rugby official logoThomas Waldrom is excited by the challenge of joining Exeter Chiefs from Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

The 30-year-old England international is set to team up with the Devon club next season on a three-year contract.

Waldrom's move will follow a successful four-year stint at Welford Road for the powerful back-row forward who has won five England caps along with a Premiership title and LV= Cup winners' medal with Tigers, as well as being voted 2011 Rugby Players' Association Player of the Year.

Born in Lower Hutt in New Zealand, Waldrom spent his early playing days featuring for provincial clubs Wellington and Hawke's Bay before he moved on to Super Rugby sides Hurricanes and Crusaders.

Waldrom admits: "I'm excited by the move because it's a fresh challenge for me.

"I've had four fantastic years at Leicester and experienced so many high points with them. A lot of what I have achieved in the game has come from my time playing there, so I owe them and the supporters an awful lot.

"I know from past experiences and playing against them that the Chiefs are a very strong side, especially down at Sandy Park, and that they have a very good culture amongst their squad. I think it will be good to be part of all of that and hopefully I can add something of my own to the mix."

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