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Leicester Tigers announce team to face Stade Francais

Leicester Tigers recall Telusa Veainu, Matt Smith and Lachlan McCaffrey for Sunday’s European Rugby Champions Cup encounter with Stade Francais in Paris.

Veianu comes in on the wing for Tigers after sitting out the win over Benetton Treviso last Saturday, while Smith lines up alongside Manu Tuilagi at centre, and McCaffrey returns in the back row.
 
Marcos Ayerza, who started among the replacements against Treviso, returns to the front row for his 60th appearance for the club in Europe, overtaking Graham Rowntree to go sixth on the Tigers all-time list in the tournament.
 
Fellow prop Dan Cole plays his 150th game for Tigers just a week after picking up his club cap for 100 starting appearances.
 
Tigers are already assured of top spot in Pool 4 after five wins in five games and will be among the top three seeds in the quarter-finals. French champions Stade are chasing a quarter-final place as one of the best three pool runners-up.
 
Follow all of the action and the build-up from the weekend on the Tigers' official club website and social media channels. Live coverage of Sunday's match is provided by BT Sport.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Stade Francais Paris, away, Sunday 2pm local time, 1pm UK time)
15 Mathew Tait
14 Adam Thompstone
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Matt Smith
11 Telusa Veainu
10 Freddie Burns
9 Ben Youngs

1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Dom Barrow
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Mike Fitzgerald
7 Tom Croft
8 Lachlan McCaffrey
             
Replacements
16 Harry Thacker
17 Logovi'i Mulipola
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Sebastian De Chaves
20 Laurence Pearce
21 Sam Harrison
22 Tommy Bell
23 Peter Betham

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