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Flood makes first start of the season on Saturday

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Toby Flood will make his first start of the season as Leicester Tigers host Leeds Carnegie in the Guinness Premiership at Welford Road on Saturday (3pm).

The England international fly-half suffered an Achilles injury in the Heineken Cup semi-final against Cardiff Blues in May but he has proved his fitness in two appearances as a replacement in the last fortnight.

Matt Smith comes in on the wing in place of Johne Murphy who is on international duty with Ireland A as the only change to backline following last Friday’s game at Gloucester.

England internationals Lewis Moody and Tom Croft return to the Tigers forward pack, and George Chuter starts at hooker.

Alesana Tuilagi is included in the matchday squad for the first time this season after his recovery from a foot injury.

Props Marcos Ayerza and Martin Castrogiovanni do not return from international duty until next weekend, while Tigers are without Lucas Amorosino, Richard Blaze, Louis Deacon, Harry Ellis, Dan Hipkiss, Geordan Murphy, Craig Newby, Billy Twelvetrees, Julian White and Ben Woods due to injury.

Tickets are still available and will be on sale up to kick-off from the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road. Phone 0844 856 1880, book online or call in now.

Leicester Tigers (v Leeds Carnegie, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm)
15 Scott Hamilton
14 Lote Tuqiri
13 Anthony Allen
12 Aaron Mauger (c)
11 Matt Smith
10 Toby Flood
9 Ben Youngs
1 Boris Stankovich
2 George Chuter
3 Dan Cole
4 Geoff Parling
5 Ben Kay
6 Tom Croft
7 Lewis Moody
8 Jordan Crane

16 Joe Duffey
17 Robbie Harris
18 Jonny Harris
19 Calum Green
20 Brett Deacon
21 James Grindal
22 Jeremy Staunton
23 Alesana Tuilagi