Saturday 21 September 2019

Confirmed: Noel Reid to leave Leinster for Leicester next season, Jaco Taute also joining the Tigers

Noel Reid. Photo: Sportsfile
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Noel Reid will leave Leinster at the end of the season to join the Leicester Tigers.

The long-mooted move for the experienced playmaker was confirmed by the province today.

Reid, who won an Ireland cap on the tour to Argentina in 2014, has played 120 times for Leinster since his debut against Aironi in October 2011.

“It’s obviously sad to be leaving my home club and the club that I supported growing up," the 28-year-old said.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here working with brilliant coaches and great players, and playing in front of amazing supporters at the RDS and at the Aviva. So to move away from that is not a decision that I have taken lightly .

“I’d like to thank my family and friends and all those that have supported me on this journey with Leinster, a journey that really kicked on in school in St. Michael’s College and I’m very grateful to all that played a part.

“That being said, I’m very excited to be joining a club like Leicester, with its history and success in the game, and to become a Tigers player next season.

“Leinster and this place will always be special to me and I hope to finish the season as strongly as possible and hopefully with some silverware with a special group of players.”

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Reid will be joined at the Tigers by Jaco Taute who will leave Munster in the summer.

The 27-year-old Taute played Super Rugby with the Lions and Stormers before moving to Munster, initially on a short-term contract in 2016.

He scored two tries in a win over Leicester in the European Cup during December 2016 and was named in the Pro14 Dream Team at the end of that season.

Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “We’ve obviously seen Jaco close-up in European competition and he is a big, physical unit in the backline with extensive experience in the southern hemisphere and also at the top-end of European rugby.

“He is an option at centre or at full-back for us and we look forward to welcoming him in the pre-season period.”

Taute said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership and excited to be joining a club like Leicester tigers.”

“Leicester has a rich history and I want to contribute to creating even more memories for the fans at Welford Road.

“I am excited about working alongside the quality players in the squad and under Geordan Murphy and his coaching team.”

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