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Leicester Tigers team news for match at Benetton Treviso

Leicester Tigers team news for match at Benetton Treviso

Telusa Veainu and Tommy Bell return to the Leicester Tigers backline for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup fixture away to Benetton Treviso.

Tonga international Veainu is named at full-back, with Bell returning at fly-half in the absence of Owen Williams.
 
Their return allows a reshuffle in the backline with Peter Betham restored to the wing and captain Mathew Tait at centre alongside Matt Smith.
 
Tom Croft returns to the forward back after missing the Round 1 win over Stade Francais Paris last weekend with a back injury.
 
International quartet Matias Aguero, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and Seremaia Bai are among the replacements, alongside club captain Ed Slater.
 
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "We made a really good start to the tournament with five points against Stade Francais last weekend but  that will not count for much if we cannot follow up with another strong performance in Italy this weekend.
 
"We've got competition for places in the squad which means we can pick the freshest team available for this week and have a potential threat throughout the 23-man squad.
 
"Treviso are always a tough side to play against and on our last couple of visits we've needed late scores to get a win there, so we know we have to play well, we will have to be physical and we will have to be accurate.”
 

Leicester Tigers (v Benetton Treviso, Stadio Monigo, Saturday 2pm local time, 1pm UK time)

15 Telusa Veainu  
14 Peter Betham      
13 Mathew Tait (c) 
12 Matt Smith  
11 Vereniki Goneva   
10 Tommy Bell  
9 Sam Harrison  
1 Marcos Ayerza   
2 Tom Youngs   
3 Fraser Balmain  
4 Dom Barrow  
5 Mike Fitzgerald  
6 Tom Croft  
7 Brendon O'Connor  
8 Jordan Crane  

Replacements
16 Greg Bateman  
17 Matias Aguero  
18 Dan Cole   
19 Ed Slater   
20 Lachlan McCaffrey  
21 Ben Youngs  
22 Seremaia Bai  
23 George Catchpole

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