No talk of records as Tigers take each game as it comes

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Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick is taking each game as it comes as their unbeaten start to the Premiership and European season continues.

Borthwick’s men have won 15 games out of 15 thus far in 2021/22 and are currently preparing for a league trip to Wasps on Sunday as they look to make it 16.

Victory over Wasps would equal Tigers’ all-time best streak from 1983/84, while also matching Newcastle’s Premiership record of 12 wins in the 1997/98 term.

Borthwick, though, remains fully concentrated on the task at hand as he continues to oversee an impressive run.

Pretty clear

“I don’t take the players beyond the very next game,” he said. “That’s the approach we have taken since the day I walked in to Leicester Tigers.

“We are not talking about any number of wins that have gone before, and we are not talking about potential permutations in the future. We are just talking about now.

“For me, that is a much simpler way of looking at it. The level of competition in the Premiership is that any team can beat any team.

“If you take your eye off for a moment, you live in the past for a little bit too long or you live too far in the future for a little bit too long, if you do either of those things then you are going to get beaten because of the standard of the opponents.

“I am pretty clear about how we want to play, pretty clear about the direction we need to go and how we need to train to get there, and pretty clear about what we need to do in reshaping the squad.”

Leicester have absorbed every challenge faced by them this season, and they will tackle Wasps with a healthy lead at the Premiership summit.

Borthwick, meanwhile, has also stressed the importance of adaptability, particularly amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The situation is always changing,” he added. “That is what I have found this last year and a half.

“You select a team, you train a team and you have got to adapt in the week. That adaptability is important.

“I think every squad is affected by Covid right now in the sense of the way you have to conduct yourself, the way you have to do meetings, the way you have your training programme set out.

“It’s not the way you would do it normally, but it’s the way you have got to do it now to minimise any risk. It is a challenging time for everybody.

“We will do all we can in every game to make sure we can field a team. If that means we play players out of position, as long as the safety issues are fine, then that’s what we will do.

“We want to play the games in front of our fans, we want the contests, so whatever is thrown at us, we just have to get on with it.”

Liam Williams to swap Scarlets for Cardiff

Cardiff have bolstered their backline stocks with the signing of Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back Liam Williams.

The 30-year-old is set to join the Arms Park-based outfit from Welsh rivals the Scarlets for the 2022/23 season.

He is the third international to join Cardiff’s ranks in recent weeks following the recruitment of Wales back-rowers Thomas Young and Taulupe Faletau, who are moving from Wasps and Bath respectively.

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