Preview: Leicester Tigers v Glasgow Warriors

Date published: January 20 2017

Jack Roberts and Luke Hamilton have been recalled to the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for their Champions Cup fixture against Glasgow Warriors.

The duo were both among the replacements in last weekend’s defeat by Racing 92 in Paris but have a place in the starting team for the final fixture in Pool 1.

Roberts joins Peter Betham at centre in the only change to the backline from last week, while Lachlan McCaffrey moves across the back row to accommodate Hamilton at number eight.

Greg Bateman comes into the front row alongside England internationals Tom Youngs and Dan Cole.

Dom Barrow, who has come through a stand-down period after concussion, is included in the matchday 23 for the first time since the Round 2 victory over Racing at Welford Road and there is also a place among the replacements for fly-half Owen Williams after recovering from an elbow injury.

Gregor Townsend has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday’s final Champions Cup pool match at Welford Road.

The Warriors know a win against Leicester would guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.

Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Lee Jones make up the back-three. Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar form the centre partnership, while Finn Russell and Ali Price once again combine at fly-half and scrum-half respectively.

Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson will pack down in the front-row, while Tim Swinson and captain Jonny Gray are in the engine room. Rob Harley is at blindside flanker, with Ryan Wilson at openside and Josh Strauss at number eight.

On the bench Brian Alainu’uese returns from suspension and Henry Pyrgos has recovered from injury.

Townsend said: “Leicester have an excellent home record in this competition and we’re expecting a very tough 80 minutes at Welford Road. We have prepared really well for the game and our players returned to training this week full of energy and determination.

“It’s good that we’re able to name the same starting XV for this crucial game and we’re also boosted this week by the return of Brian (Alainu’uese) and Henry (Pyrgos) on the bench.”

Form: Gregor Townsend’s men are chasing a best-runners up spot after a last-gasp 14-12 defeat to Munster saw the Irish province claim top-spot in Pool 1 with a round to spare. The Warriors know only a win will do against a Tigers side smarting from their 34-3 defeat at the hands of Racing 92. Glasgow will be hoping to repeat their 42-13 triumph at Scotstoun in Round 1. The Scottish side are one of six teams who are jostling for position amongst the top eight clubs, as they chase a first appearance in the Champions Cup quarter-finals at Welford Road.

The teams:

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Jack Roberts, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Luke Hamilton, 7 Lachlan McCaffrey, 6 Mike Williams, 5 Mike Fitzgerald, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Greg Bateman
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Dom Barrow, 20 Will Evans, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Matt Smith

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Ryan Wilson, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alex Allan, 18 D’arcy Rae, 19 Brian Alainu’uese, 20 Chris Fusaro, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Peter Murchie

Date: Saturday, January 21
Venue: Welford Road
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
Assistant Referees: Thomas Charabas (France), Thomas Déjean (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

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