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 Tigers to hand five debuts ahead of season opener


Leicester Tigers team announcement for Round 1 of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season. 


Leicester Tigers will give league debuts to five summer signings in Sunday’s Aviva Premiership opener against Bath Rugby at Welford Road.

George Ford makes his first competitive appearance for the club since the 2013 Aviva Premiership Final and is joined in the starting line-up by Jonny May, Nick Malouf, Dominic Ryan and Sione Kalamafoni who will all run out in Tigers colours for the first time.

 

Another newcomer, fly-half Joe Ford, is named among the replacements.

 

Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua link up as the centre partnership after recovery from long-term injuries.

 

Head coach Matt O’Connor said: “We got everything that we wanted into pre-season, and there’s a good vibe in the group and fit bodies, which is important. The character of the group has never been in question and guys have genuinely put up their hands for selection.

 

“We’re excited by the new players we’ve brought in and having guys like Manu, Matt Toomua and Logo Mulipola back in place is good for us too.”

 

Tickets for Sunday’s game are still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person, phone 0116 319 8888 (open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and from 9.00am on matchday). Or book online any time at www.leicestertigers.com

 

Tigers launch the club’s ‘125 years at Welford Road’ commemorations with the free Tigers In The Park event with live entertainment and attractions from 11.00am up to kick-off on Sunday.

 

Leicester Tigers (v Bath Rugby, Welford Road, Sunday 3.00pm)

15 Telusa Veainu       

14 Nick Malouf

13 Manu Tuilagi         

12 Matt Toomua        

11 Jonny May

10 George Ford         

9 Ben Youngs

1 Ellis Genge  

2 Tom Youngs (c)      

3 Logovi’i Mulipola      

4 Dom Barrow

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Dominic Ryan         

7 Brendon O’Connor

8 Sione Kalamafoni

 

Replacements

16 Harry Thacker

17 Greg Bateman

18 Dan Cole   

19 Mike Williams

20 Luke Hamilton

21 Sam Harrison

22 Joe Ford

23 Mathew Tait


Published: 02/09/2017





 
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