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Leicester Tigers line-up for homecoming

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Dan Cole and Boris Stankovich return to the Leicester Tigers front row for Saturday's opening home game of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season against Exeter Chiefs (5.30pm).

The only other change to the line-up which started the Round One game at Northampton Saints last Sunday is the inclusion of Jeremy Staunton at fly-half in place of the injured Toby Flood.

Geordan Murphy, who made his 250th start for the club at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend, leads out the team on their homecoming, while summer signings George Skivington and Thomas Waldrom start their first league game at Welford Road.

International flanker Tom Croft returns from injury to take his place among the replacements.

“We played some good rugby at times last weekend but there were too many penalties and too many turnovers,” said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

“We scored three good tries and we were still in there fighting right at the end, despite conceding two tries so early on.

“But now we have to look to bounce back and get our first points on the board as quickly as possible.”

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available now. Phone the Tigers ticket hotline on 0844 856 1880, call in at Welford Road (open until 5pm Friday and from 9am Saturday) or book online at www.leicestertigers.com

Leicester Tigers (vs Exeter Chiefs, Welford Road, Saturday 5.30pm)
15 Geordan Murphy (c)
14 Scott Hamilton
13 Dan Hipkiss
12 Anthony Allen
11 Alesana Tuilagi
10 Jeremy Staunton
9 Ben Youngs
1 Boris Stankovich
2 George Chuter
3 Dan Cole
4 Calum Green
5 George Skivington
6 Craig Newby
7 Ben Woods
8 Thomas Waldrom

16 Joe Duffey
17 Martin Castrogiovanni
18 Marcos Ayerza
19 Ed Slater
20 Tom Croft
21 James Grindal
22 Billy Twelvetrees
23 Manu Tuilagi

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter stivcks with the team that started last week's Round One win over Gloucester Rugby, with loan signing James Honeyben, the former London Wasps scrum-half, comes on to the bench.

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Nic Sestaret, 13 Phil Dollman, 12 Bryan Rennie, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Haydn Thomas; 1 Brett Sturgess, 2 Neil Clark, 3 Hoani Tui, 4 Tom Hayes (c), 5 James Hanks, 6 Tom Johnson, 7 James Scaysbrook, 8 James Phillips. Replacements: 16 Simon Alcott, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Chris Budgen, 19 Dave Gannon, 20 Chad Slade, 21 James Honeyben, 22 Ryan Davis, 23 Matt Jess