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Geordan to make 50th Heineken appearance

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Geordan Murphy will make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance for Leicester Tigers this weekend after being selected to start Saturday's opening game in Pool F against Leinster in Dublin.

The Irish international full-back, who made his European debut against the same opponents back in 1999, becomes the 45th player to qualify for an ERC Elite Award for playing 50 games in the tournament - and the 23rd Irishman to earn an ERC cap.

Ollie Smith returns to the Tigers line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury and claims his place alongside fellow England international Dan Hipkiss in the midfield, with Seru Rabeni moving to the wing.

The rest of the line-up is the same as for last Saturday's EDF Energy Cup win over Cardiff Blues, with Martin Corry leading the team from the blindside flank and Jordan Crane retained at No8.

Leicester Tigers (vs Leinster, away Saturday 1.30pm)

15 Geordan Murphy
14 Seru Rabeni
13 Ollie Smith
12 Dan Hipkiss
11 Alesana Tuilagi
10 Andy Goode
9 Frank Murphy

1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Benjamin Kayser
3 Julian White
4 Louis Deacon
5 Ben Kay
6 Martin Corry (c)
7 Lewis Moody
8 Jordan Crane


16 Mefin Davies
17 Martin Castrogiovanni
18 James Hamilton
19 Luke Abraham
20 Christophe Laussucq
21 Paul Burke
22 Johne Murphy