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Preview: Leicester v Dragons

13th November 2009 12:09


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Back: Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers give winger Lote Tuqiri his first start and welcome back Toby Flood, Matt Smith and Craig Newby for Saturday's LV= Cup tie against Dragons at Welford Road.

Tuqiri played 20 minutes off the bench in the historic win over South Africa last Friday and is given a starting berth this weekend, while Newby lines up in the back row, and Flood and Smith return to take a place among the replacements.

Will Hurrell retains his place after scoring a try at Leeds Carnegie last Sunday and Jeremy Staunton is at fly-half after sitting out last weekend.

Boris Stankovich, who played such a major role against the Springboks, is joined in the front row by Dan Cole and George Chuter. Geoff Parling links up with Ben Kay at lock, and Newby makes his comeback alongside Ben Pienaar and Jordan Crane in the back row.

"With Toby, Newbs and Matt Smith, we're starting to get a few back from injury now, which means we have more options available," said head coach Richard Cockerill.

"Jeremy Staunton and Anthony Allen were left out last week because they've played a lot of rugby and we want to have all the guys fresh because it is a long season."

Tigers are still without Harry Ellis, Geordan Murphy, Billy Twelvetrees, Sam Vesty, Julian White and Ben Woods due to injury.

Meanwhile, fly-half Shaun Connor will captain Newport Gwent Dragons at Welford Road on Saturday.

Former Wasps prop Peter Bracken is included in the front row, with Wales lock Robert Sidoli included in the pack.

Form: Leicester Tigers are unbeaten in their last twenty matches at Welford Road in all competitions since Wasps won there in the Premiership on 26 September 2008. The Tigers have never lost a home game in the five year history of the Anglo-Welsh tournament, winning all six home encounters so far. Leicester have not beaten a Welsh side in their last four matches, whilst a team from Wales has not won at Welford Road against the Tigers since Swansea were victorious, 20-7, in a friendly on 20 November 1998. have won three of their last four matches in all competitions. Dragons have made 13 previous visits to England in all competitions and lost them all. The Dragons and the Tigers have met on four previous occasions with the men from Gwent victorious just once: 24-15 at Rodney Parade in the Anglo-Welsh tournament on 30 Sep 2005.

The teams:

Leicester Tigers: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Lote Tuqiri, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Will Hurrell, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Ben Pienaar, 6 Craig Newby, 5 Ben Kay (c), 4 Geoff Parling, 3 Dan Cole, 2 George Chuter, 1 Boris Stankovich.
Replacements: 16 Mefin Davies, 17 Robbie Harris, 18 Johnny Harris, 19 Calum Green, 20 Dan Hemingway,21 James Grindal, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Matt Smith.

Dragons: 15 Jason Tovey, 14 William Harries, 13 Rhodri Gomer-Davies, 12 Tom Riley, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Shaun Connor (c), 9 Wayne Evans, 8 Grant Webb, 7 Gavin Thomas, 6 Hoani Macdonald, 5 Rob Sidoli, 4 Adam Jones, 3 Peter Bracken, 2 Duane Goodfield, 1 Hugh Gustafson.
Replacements: 16 Steve Jones, 17 Daniel Watchurst, 18 Patrick Palmer, 19 Toby Falatau, 20 James Harris, 21 Adam Greendale, 22 Martyn Thomas, 23 Alex Walker.

Date: Saturday, Novmber 14
Venue: Welford Road
Kick-off: 15.00
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

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