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Leicester Tigers team to face Perpignan on Saturday

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Leicester Tigers welcome back Tom Croft, Harry Ellis, Toby Flood and Dan Hipkiss from England international duty for Saturday's Heineken Cup tie against USA Perpignan at Welford Road.

Prop Julian White also returns to the starting line-up and Scott Hamilton is included in the backline after an impressive debut in the last home game, against Harlequins a fortnight ago.

“It has been great to have all of the boys back, although everyone who came in during the last few did a great job for the team,” said head coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Now we are looking to establish fresh momentum and we have a big challenge against Perpignan. They are a well balanced team and this will be a tough contest.”

Tigers top Pool 3 following wins over the Ospreys and Benetton Treviso going into the back-to-back clashes with Perpignan.

A limited number of tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s game. Contact the Tigers ticket office at Welford Road, call the hotline on 08701 28 34 30 or book online.

Leicester Tigers (v Perpignan, Welford Road, Saturday 5.30pm)
15 Geordan Murphy
14 Scott Hamilton
13 Dan Hipkiss
12 Aaron Mauger
11 Matt Smith
10 Toby Flood
9 Harry Ellis
1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Benjamin Kayser
3 Julian White
4 Martin Corry (c)
5 Ben Kay
6 Tom Croft
7 Lewis Moody
8 Jordan Crane

16 George Chuter
17 Dan Cole
18 Marco Wentzel
19 Brett Deacon
20 Julien Dupuy
21 Seru Rabeni
22 Johne Murphy

Perpignan announced a group of 24 on Thursday afternoon from which to name their matchday 22. They welcome back Argentina lock Rimas Alvarez-Kairélis and Tongan prop Kisi Pulu, but flanker Viliami Vaki is ruled out with an ankle injury. Director of rugby Jacques Brunel will name his team at noon on Friday.

Perpignan squad: Mas, Chobet, Pulu, Bozzi, Guirado, Geli, Hines, Alvarez-Kairélis, Olibeau, Vilaceca, Britz, Guiry, Perez, Tonita, Chouly, Durand, Mélé, Mermoz, Manas, Planté, Candelon, Sid, Burger, Porical.