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Leicester Tigers team news ahead of Aviva Premiership trip to The Stoop

Peter Betham

Lachlan McCaffrey and Peter Betham return to the Leicester Tigers team for Friday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 fixture away to Harlequins.

McCaffrey has sat out the last four games but returns to the back row alongside Brendon O’Connor and Mike Fitzgerald for the trip to The Twickenham Stoop.

Betham is in line for his 50th Tigers appearance, just 16 months after his debut, and joins Maxime Mermoz at centre.

There are changes in the front row, with starts for Ellis Genge, George McGuigan and Greg Bateman, while Harry Wells is brought in for his first start in the Aviva Premiership this season in the second row.

Dom Barrow, who led Tigers for the first time in Anglo-Welsh Cup action away to Saracens earlier this month, is named as captain.

Tigers head coach Aaron Mauger said: “We’re happy with the improved performances in the last couple of weeks but there are still things to grow. The guys had their feet firmly on the ground in our reviews on Monday, we know there are things we want to tidy up but also there are some good things coming from what we have been working on during the week.”

Leicester Tigers (v Harlequins, away, Friday 7.45pm)

15 Telusa Veainu
14 Adam Thompstone
13 Peter Betham
12 Maxime Mermoz
11 J P Pietersen
10 Freddie Burns
9 Sam Harrison

1 Ellis Genge
2 George McGuigan
3 Greg Bateman
4 Harry Wells
5 Dom Barrow (c)
6 Mike Fitzgerald
7 Brendon O’Connor
8 Lachlan McCaffrey

Replacements

16 Tom Youngs
17 Riccardo Brugnara
18 Pat Cilliers
19 Mike Williams
20 Luke Hamilton
21 Jono Kitto
22 Owen Williams
23 Matt Smith

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