Preview: Leicester v Wasps

Date published: November 28 2014

Tigers welcome back an international quintet that includes Vereniki Goneva for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership home clash with Wasps.

Leicester Tigers welcome back an international quintet that includes Vereniki Goneva for Saturday’s Premiership clash with Wasps.

Marcos Ayerza, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Goneva all return to club colours at the end of their international duties, while Tom Youngs and Tom Croft return from injury to join the matchday squad.

Both hooker Youngs and flank Croft are named for the first time since the Round 3 defeat at Bath.

Mathew Tait, Miles Benjamin and Owen Williams also return to the starting line-up and there is a first Aviva Premiership start for Laurence Pearce.

Meanwhile, Alapati Leiua and Andrea Masi return from international duty to start for Wasps.

The two returning internationals will also be joined by Tom Varndell, Guy Thompson, Ed Jackson and Kearnan Myall, who are all handed starting spots.

Ashley Johnson, Nathan Hughes and Rob Miller all move to the bench, providing added firepower as replacements. James Cannon comes in for James Gaskell, who misses out through illness.

“On the back of last weekend’s game at Sandy Park, we face another difficult away trip this Saturday at Welford Road, which provides a great opportunity to right some of the wrongs from that result last weekend. I am looking at us to produce a much better performance this Saturday, which reflects what we are capable of as a side,” said boss Dai Young.

“We know that Leicester, who have had some of their senior players return to action in the last few weeks, will always provide a stern challenge, but we want to prove ourselves against the best sides in this league, and in Europe. Saturday gives us a chance to do that.”

Form: Leicester Tigers have lost just one of their last seven contests in all competitions: 3-15 at Scarlets in the European Champions Cup on 25 October. Tigers only loss in their last eleven Aviva Premiership Rugby clashes at Welford Road was to London Irish in Round Four this season. Wasps last five encounters in Aviva Premiership Rugby have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst their solitary victory on the road in any tournament since March was at Stade Fran