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Team News | Tigers side for Prem Cup opener

The Leicester Tigers matchday squad for Round 1 of the 2022/23 Premiership Rugby Cup has been named.

Tigers travel north to face Sale Sharks on Tuesday (September 20) in the opening game of this season’s Cup campaign.

James Whitcombe will captain the side at Salford City Stadium, with Sam Edwards and Sean Jansen named as vice-captains for the midweek fixture.

Included in the starting side are five players - Tom Horton, Josh Manz, Tom Manz, Lachlan Shelley and Jed Walsh - who will make their senior club debuts, while a further four players are in line for their first appearance after being included among the replacements.

Senior Academy lock Rob Carmichael is joined by loan players Charlie Briers and Nathan Langdon from Loughborough University and Marcus Ramage from Nottingham Rugby as the potential debutants on the bench.

The matchday squad includes 12 players to have graduated from the club’s academy programme, including 5 to have made the step up to senior rugby over the summer.

STARTING XV
15 Lachlan Shelley *
14 Joe Browning [2]
13 Jacob Cusick [5]
12 Joseph Woodward [2]
11 Hosea Saumaki [13]
10 Jed Walsh *
9 Sam Edwards [4]
1 James Whitcombe [23]
2 Tom Horton *
3 Will Hurd [9]
4 Tom Manz *
5 Lewis Chessum [2]
6 Josh Manz *
7 Emeka Ilione [2]
8 Sean Jansen [4]

REPLACEMENTS
16 Nathan Langdon **
17 Dan Richardson [5]
18 Nephi Leatigaga [68]
19 Rob Carmichael *
20 Finn Carnduff [1]
21 Charlie Briers **
22 Morgan Meredith [1]
23 Marcus Ramage **

* Leicester Tigers senior debut
** Leicester Tigers senior debut & Loan player

Sale Sharks: 15 Joe Carpenter, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Joe Bedlow, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Arron Reed, 10 Kieran Wilkinson, 9 Nye Thomas; 1 Ben Carlile, 2 Ewan Ashman, 3 Joe Jones, 4 Dom Barrow, 5 Matt Postlethwaite. 6 Ewan Murphy, 7 Sam Dugdale, 8 Josh Beaumont (c)

Reps: 16 Ethan Cane, 17 Tumy Onasanya, 18 Cal Ford, 19 Ben Bamber, 20 Huw Davies, 21 Cal Morris, 22 Tom Curtis, 23 Elliot Gourlay