Shoulder surgery over the summer kept him out of the first half of the campaign meaning Neil Briggs has profited from his absence, splitting time with British & Irish Lion Tom Youngs.
And a trip to Harlequins for the Tigers, who have won two from two in the LV= Cup so far this season, is the perfect chance for Hawkins to make his return.
"The LV= Cup is great for young guys hoping to make a push for a position, but it's also great for guys coming back from injury looking for game time," he said.
"It felt great to get those first two appearances under my belt and I'm looking forward to making a start this weekend.
"With Tom Youngs away for the Six Nations this could be a good chance to stake a claim, it would be nice to get a run in the shirt.
"But with Neil (Briggs), Chutes (George Chuter) and Harry Thacker there is plenty of competition so you have to take any chance that you can get.
"Quins is a big test for us, they have a very deep squad and a well-respected academy who play an attacking brand of rugby so we know what to expect."
Richard Cockerill's troops will be itching to make amends for last weekend's chastening home defeat to Ulster that cost them a home quarter-final in Europe.
And Hawkins is hoping for a response from the Tigers on their travels this weekend.
"We have made a good start to this competition, some young lads came in and did very well to get two wins from two," he added.
"The boys were very frustrated about the Ulster result, we wanted a home quarter-final.
"But it's not the end of the world for us and we will be raring to go this weekend."
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