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Leicester Tigers team news for Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 9

Leicester Tigers welcome back Owen Williams and front-rowers Tom Youngs and Dan Cole for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership derby against Northampton Saints at Welford Road.

Williams returns at fly-half for his first start since the away win over Munster in Europe during December, while international duo Cole and Youngs, who also captains the side, come into the front row alongside Marcos Ayerza.
 
Peter Betham and Matt Smith return to the backline after missing the defeat at Saracens last weekend and Adam Thompstone also returns to the starting line-up.
 
With club captain Ed Slater ruled out by a knee ligament injury, Mike Fitzgerald joins Brendon O'Connor and Lachlan McCaffrey in the back row, with Sebastian de Chaves coming into the team at lock.
 
Saturday's game will host Welford Road's biggest-ever league crowd as stadium capacity is increased to 25,849 with the full opening of the new Caterpillar Stand at the Aylestone Road end.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, Welford Road, Saturday 3.15pm)

15 Telusa Veainu
14 Peter Betham
13 Mathew Tait
12 Matt Smith
11 Adam Thompstone
10 Owen Williams
9 Ben Youngs

1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Sebastian de Chaves
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Mike Fitzgerald
7 Brendon O'Connor
8 Lachlan McCaffrey

Replacements
16 Harry Thacker
17 Logovi'i Mulipola
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Laurence Pearce
20 Tom Croft
21 Sam Harrison
22 Freddie Burns
23 Vereniki Goneva

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