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Team news: Tigers versus Saints

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Ed Slater and Christian Loamanu are included in the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's Aviva Premiership Round 22 match at home to Northampton Saints (3.30pm).Both make their first Aviva Premiership starts of the season as Tigers chase a place in the knockout stages.   Club captain Slater returned from long-term injury as a second-half replacement in the Round 21 victory over Wasps last Saturday and replaces Geoff Parling who suffered a rib injury at the Ricoh Arena.   Loamanu replaces the suspended Seremaia Bai, lining up alongside Mathew Tait at centre.   Harry Thacker, Sebastian de Chaves and Jack Roberts are named among the replacements as Tigers prepare for the final home game of the season.   Saturday’s game has already been announced as a 24,000 sell-out, but a small number of tickets have been returned and are available now at the Tigers ticket office. Phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or call at reception at Welford Road for ticket office queries, or book online by clicking here.   For full matchday guide to activities at Welford Road this Saturay, click here or see the news pages of the Tigers website.   Leicester Tigers (v Northampton Saints, Welford Road, Saturday 3.30pm) 15 Niall Morris 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Mathew Tait 12 Christian Loamanu 11 Vereniki Goneva 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs (c) 1 Logovi’i Mulipola 2 Tom Youngs 3 Dan Cole 4 Brad Thorn 5 Graham Kitchener 6 Ed Slater 7 Julian Salvi 8 Jordan Crane   Replacements 16 Harry Thacker 17 Marcos Ayerza 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Sebastian De Chaves 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Sam Harrison 22 Tommy Bell 23 Jack Roberts   Northampton Saints: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Jamie Elliott, 13 Dom Waldouck, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Tom Collins, 10 James Wilson, 9 Lee Dickson; 1 Alex Corbisiero, 2 Mike Haywood, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 4 Sam Dickinson, 5 James Craig, 6 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Teimana Harrison, 8 Jon Fisher Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Christian Day, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Kahn Fotuali’i, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Howard Packman