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Team News | Tigers side to play Saints

Steve Borthwick has named the Leicester Tigers matchday squad for Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final against Northampton Saints at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.

Julián Montoya returns to action for the first time in more than a month, named at hooker alongside club captain Ellis Genge and Dan Cole in the front row.

Charlie Clare, Nephi Leatigaga and Joe Heyes are the replacement front-rowers.

If used, the 23-year-old Heyes will make his 100th Leicester Tigers first-team appearance.

Harry Wells and Calum Green start as the second-row pairing, with vice-captain Hanro Liebenberg, Tommy Reffell and Jasper Wiese making up the starting back row.

Ollie Chessum and George Martin are included among the replacements. 

Ben Youngs and George Ford are the starting half-backs for Saturday’s semi-final against Saints.

Dan Kelly is named to make his first appearance since mid-April alongside Matías Moroni in the Leicester midfield. 

In the Tigers back-three, Guy Porter and Harry Potter are the starting wings and Freddie Steward the starting full-back. 

Jack van Poortvliet, Freddie Burns and Nemani Nadolo are the backs on the bench.

15 Freddie Steward [54]
14 Harry Potter [39]
13 Matías Moroni [34]
12 Dan Kelly [42]
11 Guy Porter [43]
10 George Ford [127]
9 Ben Youngs [280]
1 Ellis Genge (c) [109]
2 Julián Montoya [25]
3 Dan Cole [288]
4 Harry Wells [154]
5 Calum Green [89]
6 Hanro Liebenberg (vc) [57]
7 Tommy Reffell [76]
8 Jasper Wiese [43]

16 Charlie Clare [50]
17 Nephi Leatigaga [66]
18 Joe Heyes [99]
19 Ollie Chessum [29]
20 George Martin [37]
21 Jack van Poortvliet [47]
22 Freddie Burns [101]
23 Nemani Nadolo [36]

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS XV: 15 Tommy Freeman, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Emmanuel Iyogun, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Ehren Painter, 4 Alex Coles, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c), 8 Juarno Augustus

Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Oisín Heffernan, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Aaron Hinkley, 21 Tom James, 22 James Grayson, 23 Piers Francis