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Rugby, Australian Football: Neil Back surprised to be leading

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posted on Jan, 3 2005 @ 09:12 AM
Neil Back is surprised he's now the Zurich Premiership's leading try scorer.

Back's 122nd try in Tigers colours against Worcester was his 74th in England's top division (including two for Nottingham), taking the openside flanker past Daren O'Leary as the top try-scorer in the top echelon of English rugby.

"It's a surprise that a forward is the top try-scorer in the English league, but when I look how long I've been in the Premiership, spanning back to 1988, it's probably not a surprise," said Back.

"I've had a good record in good teams over the years and I guess you could say that I've taken my chances when I've been there."

The 35-year-old has scored nearly twice as many tries for Tigers as his closest competitors in the current squad - Leon Lloyd and Geordan Murphy have both scored 65 tries for Leicester - but he insists that he has no real favourite try that stands out in his incredible career.



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