Grindal to lead Tigers in Anglo Welsh LV= Cup

Scrum-half James Grindal will captain Leicester Tigers for the first time in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup trip to Leeds Carnegie on Sunday.

Argentina international Lucas Amorosino switches to full-back after scoring three tries from the wing since his summer arrival at Welford Road, while Greig Tonks and Will Hurrell join the backline after gaining experience at Championship level over the last couple of seasons.

Head coach Richard Cockerill said: “Playing in the Test windows means we have our senior internationals unavailable, but we have some excellent talent coming through the Academy and we’ve not been scared to call up a number of them into the first-team squad this season.

“We’ll have some young faces in the team, but we have got some good young English talent coming through.


“The development team have done well this year and there is a good opportunity to step up this weekend. It is nice to see those guys coming in.

“These young guys have gained experience in the Academy and ‘A’ League, some of them are involved in England Elite age-groups and some have been gaining consistent game-time with Championship clubs.

“The Academy coaches are doing a great job and now I have a great opportunity to see some of these exciting young English players involved in a competitive senior fixture.” ,

Leicester Tigers (v Leeds Carnegie, Headingley, Sunday 3.00pm)
15 Lucas Amorosino, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Greig Tonks, 12 Joe Cobden, 11 Will Hurrell, 10 George Ford, 9 James Grindal (c), 1 Robbie Harris, 2 Tom Youngs
3 Dan Cole, 4 Sam Raven, 5 Dan Hemingway, 6 Craig Hammond, 7 Matt Everard, 8 Tom Armes

Replacements, 16 Jimmy Stevens, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Johnny Harris, 19 Rob Conquest, 20 Huw Marsden, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Andy Forsyth, 23 Connor Smith

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