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Team News | Academy side to face Sale

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The Leicester Tigers Academy play Sale Sharks Academy in Round 2 of the 21/22 Academy League at Leicester Forest RFC on Thursday.

Tigers were defeated in the opening round of the season, away to Northampton Saints Academy, while Sale recorded a 27-point away win over Worcester Warriors.

Leicester's matchday squad for Thursday's fixture includes representatives from nine schools, with SMB College Group's Brooksby Melton College the most well-represented with eight players named.

Joseph Woodward captains the side at inside-centre, partnering George Loose in the Leicester midfield for a second successive match.

Samuel Jacques retains his place on one wing, with Alexander Garrett on the other and Joseph Dickson brought in to the starting line-up at full-back.

In a new-look pairing, Oscar McCarthy and Ben Taylor are the starting half-backs.

Charlie Barraclough is named at hooker with Jack Hurst and Oliver Crane the props.

Finn Carnduff and Dan Ormerod are the starting locks, while Simon Koroiyadi, Joshua Manz and Chester Owen make up the pack as the starting back-row.

Max Nolan, Tom Wand and Nathan Hind are the front-row replacements, with Oliver Arnold, Matt Durbridge, Oscar van Deventer and Max Fairlie making up the Leicester bench.

Felix Starkey is also a late addition to the matchday squad, replacing Callum Richardson on the bench.

Originally scheduled to take place at Oval Park, the match has been moved from the Tigers Training Ground in order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

The match is open only to families of players and stakeholders in the Academy.

All attendees are asked to provide proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before coming on-site at Leicester Forest RFC and, while at the venue, maintain social distance from those not in their group.

15 Joseph Dickson - Denstone College
14 Alexander Garrett - Denstone College
13 George Loose - Greshams
12 Joseph Woodward (c) - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
11 Samuel Jacques - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
10 Ben Taylor - Oakham
9 Oscar McCarthy - Leicester Grammar
1 Jack Hurst - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
2 Charlie Barraclough - Denstone College
3 Oliver Crane - Oakham
4 Finn Carnduff - Leicester Grammar
5 Dan Ormerod - Oakham
6 Simon Koroiyadi - Trent College
7 Joshua Manz - Northampton School for Boys
8 Chester Owen - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)

16 Max Nolan - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
17 Tom Wand - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
18 Nathan Hind - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
19 Felix Starkey
20 Oliver Arnold - Uppingham
21 Matt Durbridge - Brooksby Melton College (SMB College Group)
22 Oscar van Deventer - Denstone College
23 Max Fairlie - Kings Gratham