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Team news: Tigers versus Gloucester

Mike Williams makes his first start of the season as Leicester Tigers prepare to face Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership at Welford Road this Saturday.

Used as a replacement in both previous fixtures, Williams joins Luke Hamilton and Sione Kalamafoni in the back row for the Round 3 clash this weekend.

Harry Wells and Joe Maksymiw come into the second row, with academy graduate Maksymiw making his Premiership debut after Graham Kitchener and Dom Barrow suffered knocks in the Round 2 defeat at Northampton Saints.

Tonga international Valentino Mapapalangi, who has started the first two games of the Premiership ‘A’ League season with the Tigers Development XV, is included in the matchday squad for the first time since his summer move to Welford Road.

Leicester Tigers team

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available at the Tigers ticket office. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or online at leicestertigers.com

Leicester Tigers (v Gloucester Rugby, 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 Joe Maksymiw

6 Mike Williams

7 Luke Hamilton

8 Sione Kalamafoni   


16 Harry Thacker      

17 Greg Bateman

18 Logovi’i Mulipola   

19 Valentino Mapapalangi     

20 Dominic Ryan       

21 Sam Harrison

22 Joe Ford

23 Mathew Tait

Gloucester Rugby: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz; 1 Josh Hohneck, 2 Motu Matu'u, 3 John Afoa; 4 Ed Slater, 5 Jeremy Thrush; 6 Lewis Ludlow, 7 Jacob Rowan, 8 Ruan Ackermann
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Val Rapava Ruskin, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Tom Savage, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Trinder, 23 Henry Purdy