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Team news: Tigers v Sale Sharks

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Richard Cockerill has named his Leicester Tigers team for the last fixture of 2013 - the Aviva Premiership Round 11 match against Sale Sharks at Welford Road on Saturday (3pm).

There are recalls for Dan Bowden, Owen Williams and last season’s top try-scorer Adam Thompstone in the backline. Mathew Tait is retained at full-back against his former club after making his return from injury last weekend.

International front-rowers Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole are back in the starting line-up. Louis Deacon captains the side in the absence of the injured Toby Flood and is joined in the second row by Ed Slater.

Thomas Waldrom, who made his 100th appearance for the club in the defeat at Saracens last Saturday, is included in the back row.

Saturday’s match is heading towards a 24,000 sell-out. Contact the Tigers ticket office for advice on ticket availability by phoning 0844 856 1880 or call in at Welford Road.

This match is not scheduled for any live television coverage.

Leicester Tigers (v Sale Sharks, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm)
15 Mathew Tait
14 Niall Morris
13 Vereniki Goneva
12 Dan Bowden
11 Adam Thompstone
10 Owen Williams
9 Ben Youngs
1 Marcos Ayerza
2 Tom Youngs
3 Dan Cole
4 Louis Deacon (c)
5 Ed Slater
6 Jamie Gibson
7 Julian Salvi
8 Thomas Waldrom

16 Neil Briggs
17 Boris Stankovich
18 Fraser Balmain
19 Sebastian de Chaves
20 Jordan Crane
21 David Mélé
22 Ryan Lamb
23 Scott Hamilton

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond hands a debut to Tongan Number 8 Viliami Fahiki, who joined the club last month.

Mark Cueto moves to the centre to cover for the injured Mark Jennings and Charlie Ingall is recalled on the right wing.

Sale Sharks
15 Rob Miller
14 Charlie Ingall
13 Mark Cueto
12 Sammy Tuitupou
11 Tom Brady
10 Nick Macleod
9 Dwayne Peel
1 Eifion Lewis Roberts
2 Marc Jones
3 Vadim Cobilas
4 Andrei Ostrikov
5 Michael Paterson
6 James Gaskell
7 Dan Braid (c)
8 Viliami Fahiki

16 Tommy Taylor
17 Ross Harrison
18 Henry Thomas
19 Jonathan Mills
20 David Seymour
21 Will Cliff
22 Joe Ford
23 Andy Forsyth