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Team News | Tigers side to travel to Worcester

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Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad to take on Worcester Warriors in Round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership season this Saturday.

"I want to see an 80-minute performance on Saturday afternoon with the hard work, determination and toughness we expect of our players at Leicester Tigers"

Ben Youngs will captain the team from scrum-half in a half-back pairing with Johnny McPhillips and, in the Leicester midfield, Dan Kelly is named at inside-centre and Matt Scott at outside-centre.

Nemani Nadolo and Kobus Van Wyk are included as the Leicester wings, with Zack Henry completing the Tigers back-three at full-back.

Up front, Charlie Clare starts at hooker and is joined by props Ellis Genge and Joe Heyes in the Leicester front row, with Harry Wells and Cameron Henderson in the second row. 

Tommy Reffell and Hanro Liebenberg are the flankers and Jasper Wiese is the Tigers No8. 

Tom Youngs, James Whitcombe, Dan Cole, Tomás Lavanini and George Martin are the replacement forwards, with Jack Van Poortvliet, Kini Murimurivalu and Harry Potter included as the backs on the Leicester bench.

Previewing Saturday afternoon’s fixture, Steve Borthwick said: “Worcester are a side who have been unfortunate to be on the wrong side of some very close games recently, pushing some of the top teams in the league all the way.”

“This shows the significant progress they are clearly making under a very good coaching team and have a talented squad across the board. They have a mix of experienced players and some really talented younger players.

“I want to see an 80-minute performance on Saturday afternoon with the hard work, determination and toughness we expect of our players at Leicester Tigers from kick-off through until that final whistle.”

TIGERS XV:
[club appearances in brackets]

15 Zack Henry [24]

14 Kobus Van Wyk [12]

13 Matt Scott [22]

12 Dan Kelly [18]

11 Nemani Nadolo [13]

10 Johnny McPhillips [18]

9 Ben Youngs (c) [261]

1 Ellis Genge [86]

2 Charlie Clare [32]

3 Joe Heyes [68]

4 Harry Wells [121]

5 Cameron Henderson [14]

6 Hanro Liebenberg [33]

7 Tommy Reffell [45]

8 Jasper Wiese [17]

REPLACEMENTS:

16 Tom Youngs [213]

17 James Whitcombe [5]

18 Dan Cole [261]

19 Tomás Lavanini [34]

20 George Martin [14]

21 Jack Van Poortvliet [19]

22 Kini Murimurivalu [20]

23 Harry Potter [13]

Worcester Warriors: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Harri Doel, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Marc Thomas, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Jay Tyack, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 5 Justin Clegg, 6 Ted Hill (C), 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Matt Kvesic. Replacements: 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Callum Black, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Kyle Hatherell, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Noah Heward.