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Tigers team news for Friday

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Summer signings Freddie Burns, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Robert Barbieri are named in the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for Friday's final pre-season fixture against Cardiff Blues at Welford Road (7.30pm).

England international fly-half Burns, and Italy international duo Ghiraldini and Barbieri will both run out at Welford Road in Tigers colours for the first time, while fellow summer arrival Seremaia Bai named among the replacements.
Ben Youngs will again captain the Tigers after leading the team for the first time in last Saturday’s match against Edinburgh.
Anthony Allen and Graham Kitchener are involved in their first games of the pre-season programme, with the new Aviva Premiership season now just over a week away.
Internationals Manu Tuilagi, Blaine Scully, Vereniki Goneva and Logovi’i Mulipola are all included in the starting line-up as Tigers continue preparations for the opening game of the league season against Newcastle Falcons on September 6.
There is also a place among an enlarged matchday squad for Academy forwards Joe Maksymiw and Charlie Beckett who have just returned from an unbeaten tour to South Africa with England Under-18s.
Tickets for Friday’s fixture are available now from the Tigers ticket office. Book in person or phone 0844 856 1880 (open until 5pm Thursday and from 8.30am up to kick-off on Friday).
This fixture is included in all Tigers season tickets.

Please note that the fixture against Doncaster Knights, originally scheduled for 5.30 on Friday, has been cancelled and now Tigers will face only the Blues at Welford Road.
Leicester Tigers (v Cardiff Blues, Friday, 7.30pm)
15 Niall Morris
14 Blaine Scully
13 Manusamoa Tuilagi                      
12 Anthony Allen
11 Vereniki Goneva
10 Freddie Burns
9 Ben Youngs (c)
1 Fraser Balmain
2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
3 Logovi’i Mulipola
4 Sebastian De Chaves
5 Graham Kitchener
6 Robert Barbieri
7 Julian Salvi
8 Jordan Crane
Replacements from
16 Neil Briggs
17 Tom Bristow
18 Tiziano Pasquali
19 Harry Wells
20 Paul Grant
21 David Mele
22 Seremaia Bai
23 Matt Smith
Harry Thacker
Joe Maksymiw
Charlie Beckett
Sam Harrison
Mathew Tait