Declan Kidney has named the squad that will travel to the Mattioli Woods Welford Road to take on Leicester Tigers on Sunday in Round 11 of the Gallagher Premiership (3pm kick-off).
In the front row, Facundo Gigena, Agustin Creevy and Lovejoy Chawatama combine, with Api Ratuniyarawa and Chunya Munga in the second row.
Matt Rogerson returns to captain the team from the six jersey and is joined in the back row by Tom Pearson and So’otala Fa’aso’o.
Joe Powell and Paddy Jackson are the halfback duo, and Benhard van Rensburg links up with Will Joseph in the centres.
Ollie Hassell-Collins, Ben Loader and Tom Parton complete the line-up as the back three trio.
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Here's our side that will travel to Leicester Tigers on Sunday (3pm kick-off)!
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💪 BVR and WJ in the centres
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“An away fixture to Leicester Tigers is always an exciting prospect,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.
“We know the style of rugby that they will want to play, and it will be up to us to counter that.
“We’ve had a bit of a truncated schedule over the past four weeks owing to fallow weekends, but Sunday’s match is the start of an important block of fixtures for us. The players and staff can’t wait to get going.”
Fullback: 15 Tom Parton,
Winger: 14 Ben Loader,
Centres: 13 Will Joseph, 12 Benhard van Rensburg,
Winger: 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins,
Outhalf: 10 Paddy Jackson, Scrumhalf: 9 Joe Powell,
Front row: 1 Facundo Gigena, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama,
Second row: 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 5 Chunya Munga,
Backrow: 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Tom Pearson, 8 So’otala Fa’aso’o.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Josh Caulfield, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21 Chandler Cunningham-South, 22 Ben White, 23 Luca Morisi.