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Four Tigers in England squad to face Japan

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Four Leicester Tigers players have been included in the England matchday squad for their Rugby World Cup 2023 game against Japan at Stade de Nice on Sunday, September 17.

Ollie Chessum and Freddie Steward have been named in the starting side, while George Martin and Ben Youngs are included among the replacements.

Scrum-half Youngs is in line for his first game of the tournament.

Chessum, Steward and Martin featured in England's tournament opener against Argentina, as well as fellow Tiger Dan Cole.

Elsewhere, soon-to-be Leicester back Solomone Kata will start for Tonga in their first outing of the World Cup against Ireland.

Leicester's Tommy Reffell (Wales) and Jasper Wiese (South Africa) are also included for their respective nations this weekend.

Starting XV: 15 Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 27 caps), 14 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 74 caps), 13 Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 20 caps), 12 Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 54 caps), 11 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 60 caps), 10 George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 86 caps), 9 Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 7 caps); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 83 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 80 caps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 63 caps), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 71 caps), 5 Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps), 6 Courtney Lawes – captain (Northampton Saints, 101 caps), 7 Ben Earl (Saracens, 19 caps), 8 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 22 caps)

Replacements: 16 Theo Dan (Saracens, 4 caps), 17 Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 53 caps), 18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 30 caps), 19 George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps), 20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 70 caps), 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 124 caps), 22 Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 25 caps), 23 Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)