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Leicester Tigers senior squad call-up for former Newark Rugby Club's Joe Heyes and Jordan Olowofela


By Sharon Hodkin


Former Newark Rugby Club and England Under-20 internationals Joe Heyes and Jordan Olowofela have earned promotion to the Leicester Tigers senior squad following breakthrough seasons in 2018-19.

Meanwhile, Grantham-born Jonny Law steps up to development level having played a key role in the Tigers Academy’s back-to-back Under-18 league titles.

Tigers Academy graduate Heyes made his debut in September 2018 for the first of 22 first-team appearances.

Newark-born Jordan Olowofela scoring at Welford Road for Leicester Tigers against Bristol Bears. (13676277)
Newark-born Jordan Olowofela scoring at Welford Road for Leicester Tigers against Bristol Bears. (13676277)

He was formerly on the books of Nottingham Forest as a young goalkeeper.

Having played in his second World Under-20s with England this summer, the 20-year-old now steps up from the club’s development squad where he joins players such as Manu Tuilagi, George Ford and Dan Cole in the senior set-up.

Olowofela, 21, made his Tigers debut in November 2017 and appeared 24 times for the club last term.

He scored his first try in the Twickenham fixture against Northampton Saints in October, and also dotted down at Welford Road against Bristol Bears.

After playing his early rugby with Newark RFC and his school, Olowofela joined the Tigers Academy alongside twin brother Ryan.

Heyes and Olowofela are just two of seven Tigers Academy graduates – alongside Tom Hardwick, Sam Lewis, Tommy Reffell, Harry Simmons and Ben White ­— promoted to the senior squad from development level for the 2019-20 season, which kicks off in September.

Scrum-half Law, 18, is included on the development roster after playing a key role in the club’s back-to-back Under-18 League titles over the past two seasons.

He made his senior debut as a replacement in the Premiership Shield at Northampton Saints in January 2019, and also gained an England under-18 call-up during last season.

As well as his rugby, Jonny played cricket and football at school, studying at Kings School in his hometown at Grantham before taking a place at Rugby School.



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