Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks Premiership Preview

Leicester Tigers host Saracens at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers have named the international trio of Geoff Parling, Brad Thorn and Blaine Scully in their line up to face Sale Sharks at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership.

International trio return to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership fixture against Sale Sharks at Welford Road.

Parling has returned to fitness following a knee injury and has been released from the England squad this week, while second-rower Thorn and wing Scully also return as Tigers host the Round 16 fixture.

Laurence Pearce starts in the back row with Julian Salvi still sidelined by a calf injury, and Fijian duo Seremaia Bai and Vereniki Goneva team up in midfield.

Tommy Bell is called up among the replacements against his former club and there is also a place for Christian Loamanu in the matchday squad for the first time since the Barbarians fixture in November.

Leicester Tigers have won their last four matches in all competitions since they tripped up against Ulster in Belfast in the European Champions Cup on 24th January.

The Tigers have lost only one of tier last 14 home games in Aviva Premiership Rugby: 19-22 to London Irish on 27th September.

Sale Sharks have won their last three games in Aviva Premiership Rugby since going down 16-41 against Wasps in Coventry on 4th January.

That defeat was Sale’s only one on the road in their last four away trips in the competition.

Leicester have won their last 11 fixtures with Sale in all tournaments since Sharks were victorious 15-12 at Edgeley Park in the opening game of the 2009/10 Premiership Rugby season.

Sale’s most recent victory at Welford Road was 14-11 on 23rd February 2008.

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks have named three changes to the side that beat Saracens last week, with Magnus Lund, Nick Macleod & Tom Arscott coming into the starting XV.

Match : Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks
Date : Saturday 28th February
Venue : Welford Road,
Kick Off : 3pm
Live on: N.A
Match Officials
Referee :
Greg Garner (76th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick and Simon McConnell.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Vereneki Goneva, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Jordan Crane (c), 7 Jamie Gibson, 6 Laurence Pearce, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Logovi’i Mulipola, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Fraser Balmain, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Jack Whetton, 21 David Mele, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Christian Loamanu.

Sale Sharks

15 Mike Haley, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Johnny Leota, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Chris Cusiter, 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 Magnus Lund, 6 Dan Braid (c), 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.

Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Maxim Cobilas, 18 Ross Harrison, 19 Mark Easter, 20 David Seymour, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Tom Brady.

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