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Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Rugby return

Tom Croft and Tom Youngs return to the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership derby at Northampton Saints.

The England international duo were both included among the replacements for last weekend's European trip to Toulon but have a starting role at Franklin's Gardens this week.
 
Graham Kitchener returns to the forward pack as Brad Thorn is ruled out by a calf injury, and Jordan Crane wears the No8 shirt.
 
Marcos Ayerza makes his 200th appearance for the Tigers, the 90th player to reach that landmark in the club's 134-year history. Ayerza made his debut at the start of the 2006/07 season and has played in six Premiership Finals and two European Cup Finals with the club as well as passing 50 Test caps for Argentina.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, away, Saturday 3.15pm)

15 Mathew Tait
14 Blaine Scully
13 Matt Smith            
12 Anthony Allen
11 Vereniki Goneva
10 Owen Williams
9 Ben Youngs (c)

1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Tom Youngs
3 Dan Cole
4 Graham Kitchener
5 Geoff Parling
6 Tom Croft
7 Julian Salvi
8 Jordan Crane
 
Replacements
16 Leonardo Ghiraldini
18 Michele Rizzo
17 Fraser Balmain
19 Sebastian De Chaves
20 Robert Barbieri
21 Sam Harrison
22 Freddie Burns
23 Miles Benjamin

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