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Team news: Leicester Tigers v Maori All Blacks

Richard Cockerill has announced the Leicester Tigers squad for Tuesday's match against the Maori All Blacks at Welford Road (7.30pm).

Louis Deacon returns to captain the team, while fellow internationals Mathew Tait, George Chuter, Jordan Crane, Geordan Murphy and Anthony Allen, if he is not retained with the England squad, are also in the matchday 23.

Adam Thompstone returns to the backline, Australian scrum-half Patrick Phibbs makes his first start for the club and Fraser Balmain is given a start in the front row alongside the experience duo of Boris Stankovich and George Chuter.

Tigers will wear lettered shirts which will also carry the Poppy Appeal logo. The shirts will be auctioned online by the club to raise funds for the annual Royal British Legion Poppy appeal.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available now. Please note this fixture is not included in Tigers season tickets. Phone the ticket office now on 0844 856 1880, call in at Welford Road or book online.

Leicester Tigers (v Maori All Blacks, Welford Road, Tuesday 7.30pm)
0 Mathew Tait
N Niall Morris
M Matt Smith
L Anthony Allen
K Adam Thompstone
J George Ford
I Patrick Phibbs
A Boris Stankovich
B George Chuter
C Fraser Balmain
D Louis Deacon (c)
E Graham Kitchener
F Ed Slater
H Julian Salvi
G Jordan Crane

Replacements
P Jonny Harris
Q Jimmy Stevens
R Kieran Brookes
S Michael Noone
T Richard Thorpe
U Sam Harrison
V Dan Bowden
W Geordan Murphy

Maori All Blacks:
15 Andre Taylor
14 Kurt Baker
13 Charlie Ngatai
12 Tim Bateman
11 Kade Poki
10 Willy Ripia
9 Frae Wilson
1 Ben May
2 Hika Elliot
3 Ben Afeaki
4 Jarrad Hoeata
5 Jason Eaton
6 Shane Christie
7 Tanerau Latimer (c)
8 Elliot Dixon

Replacements:
16 Quentin MacDonald
17 Jacob Ellison
18 Bronson Murray
19 Romana Graham
20 Nick Crosswell
21 Jamieson Gibson-Park
22 Jackson Willison
23 Declan O'Donnell