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Boxing Day team news: Tigers v Falcons

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Logovi'i Mulipola, Mathew Tait and Opeti Fonua return from injury to line up for Leicester Tigers in Saturday's Aviva Premiership Round 7 fixture against Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road (3pm).Samoa international prop Mulipola joins Harry Thacker and Fraser Balmain in the Tigers front row, with Ed Slater joining Dom Barrow at lock. Tom Croft and Laurence Pearce return to the back row alongside Lachlan McCaffrey.   In the backline, scrum-half Jono Kitto comes in for his first start for the club, and Telusa Veainu switches to the wing with Tait at full-back.   Fonua is one of six internationals among the replacements as he returns for the first time since suffering a broken bone in his arm in the Round 3 win over Wasps.   Saturday’s game is not scheduled for live television coverage so the only place to follow all of the action is at Welford Road. Click here for our full matchday guide.   Tickets for Saturday’s game are available now from the Tigers ticket office. Call in at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or click here to book online.             Leicester Tigers (v Newcastle Falcons, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm) 15 Mathew Tait           14 Telusa Veainu        13 Peter Betham         12 Matt Smith 11 Vereniki Goneva    10 Freddie Burns        9 Jono Kitto 1 Logovi’i Mulipola      2 Harry Thacker 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Dom Barrow 5 Ed Slater (c) 6 Tom Croft    7 Lachlan McCaffrey 8 Laurence Pearce               Replacements 16 Tom Youngs          17 Matias Aguero        18 Dan Cole    19 Sebastian De Chaves 20 Opeti Fonua           21 Ben Youngs           22 Tommy Bell 23 Seremaia Bai           Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Belisario Agulla, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Michael Young, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Jon Welsh, 4 Mark Wilson, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Ally Hogg, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Nili Latu Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alex Rogers, 18 Taione Vea, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Todd Clever, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Tom Catterick, 23 Juan Pablo Socino