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Team news for Tigers versus Exeter Chiefs

Forward duo George McGuigan and Brendon O’Connor return to the Leicester Tigers squad for Saturday’s home game against Exeter Chiefs in Round 5 of the Aviva Premiership season.

Hooker McGuigan is in line for his first appearance of the season after suffering a hand injury in the August fixture against Treviso. He is named among the replacements after Harry Thacker was withdrawn during the second half of last week’s win at Harlequins.

Back-rower O’Connor has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but is fit to return this week.

Luke Hamilton returns to the starting line-up in place of Dominic Ryan who took a knock in the match at The Stoop last weekend.

As Tigers welcome the defending league champions to Welford Road, head coach Matt O’Connor said: “We’ve had two good results against Gloucester and Harlequins, we’ve taken a lot of positives from those games, but we all know we have to keep taking steps forward.

“Exeter are a very efficient team, they like to build pressure on you and they make very few mistakes. We will have to be better again this week.”

Tigers anticipate the biggest crowd of the season so far at Welford Road with tickets in big demand. Tickets are available to book in person, by phoning 0116 319 8888 or online at www.leicestertigers.com

Leicester Tigers (v Exeter Chiefs, Welford Road, Saturday 3.00pm)

15 Telusa Veainu       

14 Nick Malouf

13 Matt Smith

12 Matt Toomua        

11 Jonny May            

10 George Ford         

9 Ben Youngs

1 Ellis Genge  

2 Tom Youngs (c)

3 Dan Cole     

4 Harry Wells

5 Dom Barrow

6 Mike Williams

7 Luke Hamilton         

8 Sione Kalamafoni


16 George McGuigan

17 Greg Bateman

18 Logovi’i Mulipola   

19 Valentino Mapapalangi                 

20 Brendon O’Connor

21 Sam Harrison

22 Joe Ford

23 Mathew Tait