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Team news: Anglo-Welsh Cup

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New signing Maxime Mermoz goes straight into the Leicester Tigers squad for the Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture against Saracens on Sunday.

Tigers travel to Allianz Park with a place in the semi-finals of the tournament already assured but with both teams still chasing the points necessary to book a home tie in the last four.
France international centre Mermoz arrived at Welford Road this week as an  injury dispensation signing and is included among the replacements for Sunday.
Pat Cilliers and George McGuigan are called into the front row alongside Michele Rizzo who made his return to first-team action after a lengthy injury absence in the Round 3 win over Northampton Saints last weekend. Harry Thacker makes his 50th Tigers appearance on Sunday and moves to the back row alongside Tom Croft and Luke Hamilton.
Peter Betham and Freddie Burns come into the backline after sitting out the Round 3 meeting with Saints, while Sam Harrison returns at scrum-half and George Worth starts at full-back.
Brendon O’Connor is named among the replacements on his return from injury and there is also a place for Mike Williams who has been released from England’s Six Nations squad.
Tickets for Sunday's match are still available from the host club.
Leicester Tigers (v Saracens, away, Sunday 4.00pm)
15 George Worth
14 Peter Betham
13 Charlie Thacker
12 Oli Bryant
11 George Catchpole
10 Freddie Burns  
9 Sam Harrison
1 Michele Rizzo
2 George McGuigan
3 Pat Cilliers
4 Harry Wells 
5 Dom Barrow (c)
6 Tom Croft
7 Harry Thacker 
8 Luke Hamilton
16 Brendon O’Connor
17 Riccardo Brugnara
18 Ben Betts 
19 Joe Maksymiw
20 Mike Williams
21 Ben White
22 Maxime Mermoz
23 Tom Brady 
Saracens: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Tim Streather (c), 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Tom Whiteley, 9 Henry Taylor; 1 Richard Barrington, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 Mark Flanagan, 5 Brian Tuilagi, 6 Joel Conlon, 7 Will Fraser, 8 Samu Vunisa.
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Kelly Brown, 20 Seb Nagle-Taylor, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Rotimi Segun