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Leicester Tigers team news for return to Aviva Premiership Rugby

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Leicester Tigers have picked an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby derby against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill stays with the team that started the win over Stade Francais in the European Champions Cup quarter-final last week, while Ed Slater and Sam Harrison come back on to the bench after their late withdrawal last Sunday in the only changes to the matchday squad.
 
Scrum-half Harrison is in line for his 100th appearance for the club since making his debut as a teenager in 2009.
 
Mathew Tait leads the team from full-back and is joined in the back three by wings Vereniki Goneva and Telusa Veainu who have 21 tries between them this season. Peter Betham continues at centre alongside Manu Tuilagi, with Freddie Burns and Ben Youngs at half-back.
 
The forward pack includes international front rows Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole alongside hooker Harry Thacker, with Dom Barrow and Graham Kitchener at lock. The back row includes Mike Fitzgerald, who was this week named Players' Player of the Year, with Brendon O'Connor and Lachlan McCaffrey.
 
Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, away, Saturday 5.30pm)

15 Mathew Tait (c)     
14 Telusa Veainu       
13 Peter Betham        
12 Manu Tuilagi         
11 Vereniki Goneva   
10 Freddie Burns       
9 Ben Youngs

1 Marcos Ayerza       
2 Harry Thacker
3 Dan Cole     
4 Dom Barrow
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Mike Fitzgerald
7 Brendon O'Connor  
8 Lachlan McCaffrey
             
Replacements
16 Greg Bateman
17 Logovi'i Mulipola   
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Ed Slater
20 Tom Croft             
21 Sam Harrison
22 Owen Williams
23 Adam Thompstone

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