New Zealand veteran Brad Thorn joins Leicester Tigers

Brad Thorn of the Highlanders looks on after being defeated during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Highlanders at nib Stadium on May 25, 2013
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Leicester Tigers bring in veteran New Zealand lock Brad Thorn ahead of the new season.

Leicester Tigers have confirmed the signing of veteran New Zealand lock Brad Thorn ahead of the new season.

The 39-year-old joins the Aviva Premiership side from Dunedin-based outfit Highlanders.

Thorn won 60 caps for the All Blacks during a successful international career that lasted from 2003 to 2011.

"He is a very driven individual. He wants to play in the Premiership and he wants to win the Premiership," Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the club's official website.

"He will turn 40 during the season but if anyone questions his age or commitment, you wait until you meet him. He is one of the great all-time rugby players the world has ever seen."

Leicester start the new season on September 6 when they host Newcastle Falcons.

Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
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