Rugby Union

Tiger In Army Clothing: Meet Premiership Leicester's Military Man

Ifereimi Boladau joined Leicester Tigers last summer on loan and has welcomed his military teammates to the side's training ground.

Leicester Tigers player Lance Bombardier Ifereimi Boladau says "it is great to be involved with Army Rugby again", after welcoming his military team-mates to train at Leicester.

LBdr Boladau has been with the Tigers since joining on loan last season, but is expected to return to the Army fold for their Inter Services fixtures.

In the build-up for those fixtures, the Army have been training at the training ground of the Premiership team.

"It’s great to be involved with Army Rugby again," LBdr Boladau.

"To train with them this week has been great. I'm Army through and through.

"When I joined, I didn’t even know Army Rugby had a team.

"I managed to get into the team and I was so blessed to get a contract out of it.

"I didn’t believe when clubs started approaching.

"It’s great, but at the same time, the Army really has been great in supporting the players."

The Army will be hoping to retain their Inter Services trophy this year.

The Army's training comes in a pre-season where they have targeted more high-profile fixtures, including a narrow loss to Championship team Coventry.

Captain Jamie Miller says the team will be ready for the Inter Services.

"We can only be as prepared as we can be and we try and achieve that every year," he said.

"This year, it’s no different.

"We’ve got a quality team of players and we are going to do everything we can to hold on to the Inter Services title."

Speaking about the return of LBdr Boladau, Capt Miller was pleased.

"It’s probably more weird for him than for us," he said.

"We’re certainly very pleased to have him on our side, as we always are with Bola.

"I think it’s great for him. He’s obviously been hugely fortunate to get the opportunities he has had and he took it with two hands.

"It’s lovely to have him back in the red shirt.

"We’ve got a long heritage in the Army of having some quality rugby teams.

"Having service players playing at the top level of domestic rugby is not a new thing by any stretch of the imagination.

"It only adds more value to our team and the experience that people like Bola bring back is just huge for us.

"That really helps us shape, grow and become a better team."