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Team news: Derby day against Saints

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Six Nations champions Ben Youngs and Dan Cole return to the Leicester Tigers team for Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby against Northampton Saints.

Scrum-half Youngs and prop Cole played in all five games in England’s Championship-winning campaign and reported back for club duties earlier this week.
Four players – Mathew Tait, Freddie Burns, Ellis Genge and Graham Kitchener – are retained from the team that started last Sunday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Final victory, with Telusa Veainu, Maxime Mermoz and JP Pietersen among those recalled for derby day at Franklin’s Gardens.
Aaron Mauger, in charge of the team for a final time as head coach, said: “It’s always a big battle with Saints. They haven’t played for a couple of weeks, so they will be fresh and up for it. We’re on a six-day turnaround and the high of winning the Cup last Sunday but we’ve managed the squad through this period. Our guys know what is coming and we’re really excited by the challenge.”
Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, away, Saturday 3.00pm)
15 Telusa Veainu
14 Adam Thompstone
13 Mathew Tait
12 Maxime Mermoz
11 J P Pietersen
10 Freddie Burns
9 Ben Youngs
1 Ellis Genge
2 Tom Youngs (c)
3 Dan Cole
4 Dom Barrow
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Mike Fitzgerald
7 Brendon O’Connor
8 Luke Hamilton
16 George McGuigan
17 Michele Rizzo
18 Pat Cilliers
19 Mike Williams
20 Lachlan McCaffrey
21 Ben White
22 Owen Williams
23 Jack Roberts
Northampton Saints: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Ben Foden, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Harry Mallinder, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Nic Groom; 1 Alex Waller, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 6 Tom Wood (c), 7 Calum Clark, 8 Louis Picamoles
Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Jamie Gibson, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Luther Burrell, 23 Ken Pisi