Leicester Tigers: Burns welcomes fly-half battle with Williams

Freddie Burns
Burns kicked Leicester's first points of the season

England international Freddie Burns says he is relishing the battle with Owen Williams to keep the number 10 shirt at Leicester Tigers.

Fly-half Burns kicked 16 points on his competitive debut before being replaced by Williams, as Tigers beat Newcastle Falcons in their Premiership opener.

"Owen's a great player," 24-year-old Burns told BBC Radio Leicester.

"There's a great relationship between us, but also friendly rivalry which is another reason I signed for this club."

Head-to-head: Burns v Williams
Freddie BurnsOwen Williams
Former clubsGloucester, Bath (academy)Scarlets, Llanelli, Ospreys (youth)
International honoursEngland Former Wales Under-20
2013-14 Premiership season20 appearances, including 15 starts. 122 points.16 appearances, including 11 starts. 133 points

Burns, who scored 1,016 points in 127 appearances for Gloucester before leaving in the summer, played 20 matches in his final season at Kingsholm, starting 15 games.

Billy Twelvetrees was used as occasional cover at number 10, with Ryan Mills also featuring, while Burns' younger brother Billy got his first start at fly-half in the final Premiership match last season.

"At Gloucester I was nailed on for starting 10 even if I missed 10 kicks or kicked 10 kicks at goal," Burns said.

"Here, you know you have to play well and train well to get the shirt and once you have got it, you have to play well to keep him [Williams] out.

"Definitely going through the season there will be times when we have to chop and change.

"Owen will have as much support from me as I can give him and that can only benefit Tigers as a whole."

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