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Tigers feat for Josh

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

Jonathan Redhead

Lowestoft teenager Josh Goldspink says he is ready for more after making his first team debut for the Leceister Tigers.

The 17-year-old rugby star described his introduction into the first team of one of the giants of European rugby as "pretty awesome" after playing the final 20 minutes of the Tigers' 19-15 win over Bath in the EDF Energy Cup pool game at the Rec.

Lowestoft teenager Josh Goldspink says he is ready for more after making his first team debut for the Leceister Tigers.

The 17-year-old rugby star described his introduction into the first team of one of the giants of European rugby as “pretty awesome” after playing the final 20 minutes of the Tigers' 19-15 win over Bath in the EDF Energy Cup pool game at the Rec.

The teenager, who played at youth level for North Walsham RFC and for the Eastern Counties, admitted he was quite surprised to be given his debut last Saturday, but would be more than happy to make the step up to first team level again.

Goldspink, who is around 6ft 2ins and weighs in at about 15½ stone, had previously played in the first team for pre-season friendlies and has been turning out for the Tigers second string.

“I got told I'd get on at the end because I'd be the second youngest player ever to play in the Cup so I was pretty nervous,” the number 8 said. “But I was also pretty excited.

“The biggest difference was probably the pace of it. It was really quick.

“It was really quick at the end and intense.”

Goldspink also revealed the advice he received on the pitch from his teammates.

“They were just saying enjoy it and get stuck in,” he said. “Don't sit there when you come off the pitch knowing you could have done something more.

“(Coach) Richard Cockerill, just said well done and that I'd done the club proud.

“I want more but I don't know if I'll get that yet. We had three first team games in a week and there were a couple of injuries which is why I got the nod.

“We've got a lot of big games like the Heineken Cup coming up so I'm not expecting a call-up but if I am then it's all good.”

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