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Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 13

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Manu Tuilagi, Brendon O’Connor and Ed Slater return from injury to start for Leicester Tigers in Friday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 13 trip to Harlequins.

Tuilagi has missed the last three games with a hamstring strain, while O'Connor makes his first appearance since the derby match against Northampton Saints in early January after a hamstring injury. Club captain Slater returns after a seven-week absence with a knee injury.
 
There is also a place in the matchday squad for the first time for former South Africa captain Jean de Villiers who is named among the replacements. De Villiers has recovered from the fractured jaw which cut short his World Cup and a subsequent calf problem which has delayed his debut for Tigers.
 
Mathew Tait reverts to full-back to accommodate the return of Tuilagi at centre, with Telusa Veainu joining Peter Betham on the wings.
 
Slater is joined by Mike Fitzgerald in the second row. Laurence Pearce follows his try-scoring appearance at Newcastle last week with a recall to the back row alongside Tom Croft and O'Connor.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Harlequins, away, Friday 7.45pm)

15 Mathew Tait
14 Peter Betham
13 Matt Smith
12 Manu Tuilagi
11 Telusa Veainu
10 Freddie Burns
9 Sam Harrison
1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
3 Fraser Balmain
4 Ed Slater (c)
5 Mike Fitzgerald
6 Tom Croft
7 Brendon O'Connor
8 Laurence Pearce
 
Replacements
16 Harry Thacker
17 Riccardo Brugnara
18 Logovi'i Mulipola
19 Graham Kitchener
20 Jordan Crane
21 Jono Kitto
22 Oli Bryant
23 Jean de Villiers

 

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