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Leicester Tigers name team to face Wasps in Gallagher Premiership Rugby

Leicester Tigers name team to face Wasps in Gallagher Premiership Rugby

International duo Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi hit Leicester Tigers landmarks in Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership Round 3 fixture against Wasps.

Tighthead prop Cole makes his 200th appearance for the club and Tuilagi is in line for his 100th starting appearance in Tigers colours.

Cole, with 82 Test caps for England to his name as well as two tours with the British & Irish Lions, made his Tigers debut against Bath in October 2007.

Tuilagi, winner of the Citizen Try of the Week poll for his score against Newcastle Falcons last weekend, made his first-team debut in 2008.

Guy Thompson and Gareth Owen come into the team this week and interim head coach Geordan Murphy includes England Under-20s forwards Joe Heyes and Sam Lewis among 12 Tigers academy graduates in the matchday squad.

Murphy said: “We showed a real intent against Newcastle last week, especially in the first half, and the onus is on us to carry that forward into the whole game. It was a good win but there is plenty to work on. Now we’ve got another tough game against a quality Wasps side.

“We’ve got a really competitive group of players and a lot of guys have put their hands up for selection over the last few weeks.”

Leicester Tigers (v Wasps, away, Sunday 3.00pm)

15 Telusa Veainu
14 Adam Thompstone
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Gareth Owen
11 Jonny May
10 George Ford
9 Ben Youngs

1 Greg Bateman
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Mike Williams
5 Will Spencer
6 David Denton
7 Guy Thompson
8 Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements

16 Jimmy Stevens
17 David Feao
18 Joe Heyes
19 Harry Wells
20 Sam Lewis
21 Ben White
22 Tom Hardwick
23 Jordan Olowofela

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