“This group now is often the group that did the pre

## ## Leicester Tigers prop Greg Bateman says players are all champing at the bit for first

Tigers prop Greg Bateman says there is more competition for places this season. Picture Harry Trump/Getty ImagesSign up to FREE email alerts from LeicestershireLive DailySubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeCompetition for places at Leicester Tigers is coming into its own this season, according to prop Greg Bateman.The European Challenge Cup campaign, in which Tigers won five of their six pool matches to reach the last eight, saw many of the wider squad given opportunities in first team.Read Moreare a different side now, says Leicester Tigers forward Harry WellsAnd front rower Bateman says the competition for places has seen an improvement in the squad’s overall quality.”I think that’s the only way that you can keep a good performance environment if you’ve got lads chomping at the bit for your space and you’re chomping at the bit for somebody else’s,” hesaid.”True competition is what breeds that performance environment and the quality of the squad we’ve got has got better over the last couple of years so I think we’re in a pretty good spot.”Tigers England contingent are now away on Six Nations duty, and Wales Jonah Holmes has also been called up by his country. That means the rest of the squad will have to step up.Read MoreWhat head coach Geordan Murphy said after Leicester Tigers defeat against BathBateman sees no problems there and says a tough pre season means the squad has become a lot tighter which helps them on the pitch.”This group now is often the group that did the pre season together,” he said. ” The England boys were away, and we did the Army camp together and the Portugal camp together.”We’ve been through that tough, gritty grind together and it’s not like these are lads we haven’t trained with every day just because the England lads are here. Those lads are going to want to put their hands up and want to get involved.”allMost ReadMost RecentLeicester City FCNew Leicester City training ground drone footage shows 100m complex taking shapeWork has continued at the 185 acre site in Seagrave during the pandemic, with the Leicester City squad scheduled to move into the new facility ahead of next season

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