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Pez returns for Tigers

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The return of Pez, who was a surprise omission from the Italian Rugby World Cup squad, sees coach Dean Richards reshuffle his backline in a couple of positional changes.

Austin Healey, whom Pez replaces in the No.10 jersey, moves out to the right-wing, while Ollie Smith moves to the outside centre spot.

Leicester have failed to win in their last four matches – a statistic that is hard to swallow for coach Dean Richards – and he is keen to get the side back onto a winning path.

"It's a tough time for us, but we always envisaged that," said the former England No.8.

"We're just disappointed that we've lost four on the trot, and that’s the most galling thing. Now we plan to break that sequence and get back to winning ways."

Leicester: 15 Steve Booth, 14 Austin Healey, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Daryl Gibson, 11 John Holtby, 10 Ramiro Pez, 9 Harry Ellis, 8 Will Johnson, 7 Josh Kronfeld (captain), 6 Will Skinner, 5 Louis Deacon, 4 Stewart Campbell, 3 Darren Morris, 2 George Chuter, 1 Graham Rowntree.Replacements: 16 Jim Richards, 17 Ricky Nebbett, 18 Adam Balding, 19 Brett Deacon, 20 Sam Vesty, 21 Dan Hipkiss, 22 Freddie Tuilagi.

Kick-off: 14.15

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