Tigers quiet on link with Brad Thorn
August 18, 2014
Could Brad Thorn line up for the Tigers? © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill would not be drawn on rumours linking his side with All Black Brad Thorn.
Reports in Sunday's Rugby Paper linked Leicester with a move for the veteran second-row. If the move materialises, Thorn would bring a wealth of experience to the Tigers having won the World Cup, Super Rugby and the Heineken Cup with Leinster in 2012.
But despite the rumours claiming the Tigers are closing in on his signature, Cockerill straight-batted questions surrounding the club's interest in the wake of their pre-season defeat to Nottingham. He told the Leicester Mercury: "I don't have a contract with Brad Thorn's signature on, so I don't want to comment."
The Western Force announced the signing of Steve Mafi on Friday but Cockerill said the announcement "was premature". "The Mafi thing is a little bit premature from the Western Force's end," said Cockerill. "That [move] will happen but he is still our player and we hold his registration."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Robert Kubica still has hopes of returning to Formula One, but would need further surgery to his arm to make it possible
Nico Hulkenberg will stay at Force India in 2015, the team has confirmed
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has revealed he has been offered the Wallabies' job
DTM champion Marco Wittmann will test a Toro Rosso as part of his prize from BMW for winning this year's title
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has hailed the brilliance of Sergio Aguero, although he claims the striker is "useless" in training
After his luckless own-goal at Loftus Road on Sunday, Queens Park Rangers defender Richard Dunne has now scored more Premier League goals for Liverpool than summer signing Mario Balotelli
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
ESPN looks at the done deals, the rumoured moves and the outside bets in the evolving 2015 driver line-up
It really is difficult to think of someone other than Mario Balotelli with such a huge gap between their brilliant ability and their questionable application but patience is required, writes Miguel Delaney
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa was quite literally the butt of the jokes this weekend when sitting on a cup of scalding hot coffee
Harry Redknapp launched an astonishing rant on Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt following his side's 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, claiming he cannot "protect people who are about three stone overweight"
A Steven Caulker own goal in the 94th minute earned Liverpool all three points in an incredible final few minutes at Queens Park Rangers and heaped the pressure on Harry Redknapp
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti warned his players not to get carried away after Saturday's 5-0 La Liga win at Levante, as they travel to Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday before next Saturday's clasico at home to Barcelona
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea would be champions elect in any division other than the Premier League following their scintillating, unbeaten start to the season - but does not know when Diego Costa will be back in action
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists no players can expect to walk straight back into his side
How good is Gennady Golovkin? ESPN's Nick Parkinson talks to Matthew Macklin about the boxer he ranks as the most dominant middleweight since Bernard Hopkins
When David Moyes gave Adnan Januzaj his debut 12 months ago he was repaid with two goals and one of the brightest starts a United player has had in years
The obituaries for Andrea de Cesaris say he entered 214 Grands Prix but never won one - is this a record?
In an extract from Marti Perarnau's book Pep Confidential, we go inside the huddle ahead of Bayern Munich's penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in the 2013 European Super Cup final
In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Raheem Sterling gets a bit tired, Roy Keane does not like golf, Jose Mourinho does not understand what burnout is and Cesc Fabregas is not invincible ...