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Team news: Tigers versus Sale Sharks

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Samoan prop Logovi'i Mulipola returns to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's home game against Sale Sharks in the final fixture of the Kings of the North. Kick-off is at 3pm.Mulipola had to withdraw from Samoa’s squad for the Rugby World Cup as he continued his recovery from a knee injury and makes his first appearance in the build-up to the new season this weekend.   Tigers include summer signings Peter Betham, Greg Bateman, Mike Fitzgerald and Lachlan McCaffrey, with Mike Williams among the replacements. Tom Croft continues his return from long-term injury and there is a place in the 23-man squad for academy scrum-half Ben White.   Full-back Mathew Tait leads the team in the absence of club captain Ed Slater who is recovering from a knee injury.   This fixture is included in Tigers season tickets. For all other supporters, match tickets are available now. Book in person at Welford Road, phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2) or click here to book online.   Leicester Tigers (v Sale Sharks, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm) 15 Mathew Tait (c) 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Seremaia Bai 11 Matt Smith 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 1 Logovi’i Mulipola 2 Greg Bateman 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Sebastian de Chaves 6 Tom Croft 7 Lachlan McCaffrey 8 Laurence Pearce   Replacements 16 Harry Thacker 17 Riccardo Brugnara 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Joe Maksymiw 20 Mike Williams 21 Ben White 22 Tommy Bell 23 George Catchpole   Sale Sharks squad (alphabetical order): Will Addison, Tom Brady, Daniel Braid (c), Neil Briggs, Danny Cipriani, Chris Cusiter, Mark Easter, Bryn Evans, Viliami Fihaki, James Flynn, Joe Ford, Mike Haley, Charlie Ingall, Magnus Lund, Jonathan Mills, Brian Mujati, Andrei Ostrikov, Ciaran Parker, Jake Pope, David Seymour, Peter Stringer, Tommy Taylor, Sam Tuitupou.