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Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Round 7

World Cup winner Brad Thorn will captain Leicester Tigers for the first time in Sunday’s Aviva Premiership Round 7 match against Saracens at Welford Road (1pm).

Thorn leads Tigers in just his fifth appearance for the club, joining England squad member Graham Kitchener in the second row.
 
Dan Cole starts at prop after making his return from a neck injury in the cup win over Sale Sharks last weekend. He joins Italy international Michele Rizzo and young hooker Harry Thacker in the front row.
 
In the backline, there is a place for Blaine Scully on his return from international duty with the USA, and Matt Smith joins Anthony Allen at centre. Mathew Tait makes his 50th appearance in a Tigers shirt.
 
Tommy Bell is included in the matchday squad for the first time since his move from Jersey last month and he is joined among the replacements by back-rower Paul Grant, on loan from Nottingham.
 
Sunday's match is a 1pm kick-off and tickets are available now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2). The ticket office is open 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9am on matchday this week. Or book online any time at www.leicestertigers.com – and you can now use the print at home function to save time on collecting tickets at the stadium.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Saracens, Welford Road, Sunday 1pm)
15 Mathew Tait
14 Blaine Scully
13 Matt Smith
12 Anthony Allen
11 Miles Benjamin
10 Owen Williams
9 David Mele              
1 Michele Rizzo
2 Harry Thacker
3 Dan Cole
4 Brad Thorn (c)
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Jamie Gibson
7 Julian Salvi
8 Jordan Crane
 
Replacements
16 Jake Farnworth
17 Tom Bristow
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Sebastian De Chaves
20 Paul Grant
21 Sam Harrison
22 Freddie Burns
23 Tommy Bell

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