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Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers welcome back Dominic Ryan, Tom Brady and Pat Cilliers after injury for Sunday’s European Champions Cup fixture away to Castres Olympique.

Ryan, signed from Leinster in the summer, returns to the back row and Brady starts his first game of the season after overcoming an ankle injury. South Africa international prop Cilliers joins Greg Bateman and Harry Thacker in the front row. Bateman will captain the team for the first time at the Stade Pierre Fabre.

There is a recall in the back row for Will Evans, while Sam Harrison takes over at scrum-half with Ben Youngs among the England players sitting out this weekend.

Michele Rizzo, who has been on loan with Edinburgh, returns to take a place among the replacements for the club’s first-ever visit to Castres.

Head coach Matt O’Connor said: “It was good to get the win against London Irish last week but we were disappointed with the performance and there is plenty to work on.

“We’ve had to make some changes for this week with the England players required to rest in the build-up to the Six Nations and guys like Logo Mulipola, Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua all coming back into a tough schedule of games recently after significant injury absences.

“Their absence provides an opportunity for other players to go out there, put in a performance and stake their claim.”

Tigers return to home ground for the Round 6 fixture against Racing 92 next Sunday (January 21). Kick-off is at 1.00pm and tickets are available now. Book in person at the Tigers ticket office, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or book online.

Leicester Tigers (v Castres, away, Sunday 6.30pm local time/5.30pm UK time)

15. George Worth
14. Tom Brady
13. Matt Smith
12. Charlie Thacker
11. Adam Thompstone
10. Joe Ford
9. Sam Harrison

1. Greg Bateman (c)
2. Harry Thacker
3. Pat Cilliers
4. Harry Wells
5. Mike Fitzgerald
6. Dominic Ryan
7. Will Evans
8. Valentino Mapapalangi

Replacements

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
17. Michele Rizzo
18. Ben Betts
19. Joe Maksymiw
20. Brendon O’Connor
21. Harry Simmons
22. Mathew Tait
23. Nick Malouf

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