Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins LV= Cup preview

Leicester Tigers will give home debuts to half-backs George Ford and Jason Spice in the opening Anglo Welsh LV= Cup match of the season against Harlequins on Friday evening.


On-loan lock Ben Gulliver is given his Tigers debut, while Dan Hipkiss returns from injury for his first outing since the defeat at Saracens at the beginning of October.


Captain for the day Jordan Crane, Julian White, Steve Mafi and Ben Pienaar all make their first start of the season.


“We’ve got some guys away with England, but there’s plenty of experience in there with guys like Whitey, Dan and Jordan,” said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.


“And Jason Spice will be important for us in the next few weeks. He’s taken no time to settle in here, he’s a good player, he’s done a lot in the game and he knows what we are looking for.


“It’s good to get Jordan and Dan back from injury and we’ll see George Ford in senior company.


“There are a lot of good players in there who need game-time and in this spell of the season you want the players to really put down a marker and show that they deserve their opportunities.”


Tigers have incorporated a poppy in the design of the club shirt for Friday’s game in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.


For Harlequins Tom Williams moves to full back to make room for Ollie Lindsay-Hague on the wing.

 

Gonzalo Camacho will attack from the other wing, and Jordan Turner-Hall and Ollie Smith will marshal the midfield. Nick Evans and Karl Dickson line up again at 10 and 9 respectively.

 

Captain Chris Robshaw is a part of the same back row that took on Bath last weekend with Will Skinner on the other flank and Man of the Match Tom Guest at No. 8.

 

Joe Gray will look to continue his good form at hooker and is joined in the front row by Ceri Jones and John Andress.

 

Tomas Vallejos and George Robson partner once more in the second row.

After making his first appearance in a Quins shirt for Harlequins ‘A’ in their impressive win over Wasps on Monday night, former St Helens Maurie Fa’asavalu will be looking to make an impact from the bench.


Match : Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins
Venue : Welford Road
Date : Friday 5th November
Kick Off: 7.45pm


Teams


Leicester Tigers: 15 Lucas Amorosino , 14 Alesana Tuilagi , 13 Dan Hipkiss , 12 Billy Twelvetrees , 11 Horacio Agulla , 10 George Ford , 9 Jason Spice , 1 Marcos Ayerza , 2 Rob Hawkins , 3 Julian White , 4 Calum Green , 5 Ben Gulliver , 6 Steve Mafi , 7 Ben Pienaar , 8 Jordan Crane (c)


Replacements , 16 Joe Duffey , 17 Martin Castrogiovanni , 18 Peter Bucknall , 19 Ed Slater , 20 Thomas Waldrom , 21 James Grindal , 22 Geordan Murphy , 23 Manu Tuila


Harlequins :15 Tom Williams, 14 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Gonzalo Camacho, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Will Skinner 6 Chris Robshaw (c), 5 George Robson, 4 Tomas Vallejos, 3 John Andress, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Ceri Jones.


Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Mark Lambert, 19 Olly Kohn, 20 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 21 Dave Moore, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Benjamin Urdapiletta.

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