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Team news | Tigers team to face Wasps

Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers line-up to face Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Round 19 of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership.

Ellis Genge will captain the club for the first time on Wednesday evening, in the loosehead prop’s 74th appearance for the club.

Cameron Henderson makes his first starting appearance at lock, after arriving at the club in the summer, and will partner Blake Enever in the second row.

In the back row, Ollie Chessum is named at blindside flanker, Thom Smith at openside and Jordan Coghlan at No8.

Smith is one of two vice-captains for the Round 19 fixture alongside scrum-half Ben White.

Zack Henry starts at fly-half in his fourth appearance for Tigers, partnering White as half-backs.

Guy Porter is included at centre alongside Dan Kelly – in his first start – with Harry Simmons and Harry Potter on the wins and George Worth at full-back.

Charlie Clare, Facundo Gigena and Joe Heyes are the front-row cover on the bench, with Harry Wells and Sam Lewis included as fellow forwards. Ben Youngs, Johnny McPhillips and Andrew Forsyth provide backline cover.

Speaking about the matchday squad named, Borthwick said: “With a short turnaround, we have made changes and provided opportunities for some players who did not feature against Sale.”

“Ellis will captain the club for the first time and has been brilliant in the build-up this week, leading the group.

“This group of players have earned the privilege of representing the club on Wednesday and, with all Tigers teams, need to deliver a performance the club and our supporters are proud of.”

Looking ahead to the game against Wasps, Borthwick added: “They are a side that have shown good form since the season resumed and we are looking forward to the opportunity of coming up against them.”

“We have made strong steps on this journey so far and need to continue progressing as a group, every game and every day at training.”

TIGERS XV

15 George Worth

14 Harry Potter

13 Dan Kelly

12 Guy Porter

11 Harry Simmons

10 Zack Henry

9 Ben White (vc)

1 Ellis Genge (c)

2 Jake Kerr

3 Nephi Leatigaga

4 Cameron Henderson

5 Blake Enever

6 Ollie Chessum

7 Thom Smith (vc)

8 Jordan Coghlan

 

REPLACEMENTS

16 Charlie Clare

17 Facundo Gigena

18 Joe Heyes

19 Harry Wells

20 Sam Lewis

21 Ben Youngs

22 Johnny McPhillips

23 Andrew Forsyth

Wasps: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson; 1 Tom West, 2 Gabriel Oghre, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 James Gaskell, 6 Alfie Barbeary, 7 Thomas Young, 8 Brad Shields  Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 Levi Douglas, 20 Jack Willis, 21 Sam Wolstenholme, 22 Jimmy Gopperth, 23 Sam Spink