Flood returns for Tigers to face Leeds

Toby Flood will make his first start of the season as Leicester Tigers host Leeds Carnegie in the Guinness Premiership at Welford Road on Saturday (3pm).


The England international fly-half suffered an Achilles injury in the Heineken Cup semi-final against Cardiff Blues in May but he has proved his fitness in two appearances as a replacement in the last fortnight.

Matt Smith comes in on the wing in place of Johne Murphy who is on international duty with Ireland A as the only change to backline following last Friday’s game at Gloucester.

England internationals Lewis Moody and Tom Croft return to the Tigers forward pack, and George Chuter starts at hooker.

Alesana Tuilagi is included in the matchday squad for the first time this season after his recovery from a foot injury.

Props Marcos Ayerza and Martin Castrogiovanni do not return from international duty until next weekend, while Tigers are without Lucas Amorosino, Richard Blaze, Louis Deacon, Harry Ellis, Dan Hipkiss, Geordan Murphy, Craig Newby, Billy Twelvetrees, Julian White and Ben Woods due to injury.

Leicester Tigers (v Leeds Carnegie, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm),

15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Lote Tuqiri, 13 Anthony Allen, 12 Aaron Mauger (c), 11 Matt Smith, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Boris Stankovich, 2 George Chuter, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Geoff Parling, 5 Ben Kay, 6 Tom Croft, 7 Lewis Moody, 8 Jordan Crane

Replacements, 16 Joe Duffey, 17 Robbie Harris, 18 Jonny Harris, 19 Calum Green, 20 Brett Deacon, 21 James Grindal, 22 Jeremy Staunton, 23 Alesana Tuilagi






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