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Tigers integrity tested - Flood

15th October 2013 08:25

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Rough ride: Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers captain Toby Flood admits his squad's character is being tested after a severe run of key injuries.

British and Irish Lions players Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft are both sidelined whilst other key squad personnel including Steve Mafi, Mat Tait, Marcos Ayerza, Anthony Allen and Matt Smith are all missing from action.

An overflowing infirmary meant that Leicester were forced to field Dan Bowden and Vereniki Goneva in midfield against Ulster last Friday.

Having taken away a valuable losing bonus point from Ravenhill, Leicester host Italian side Treviso on Friday looking for maximum points to put them back in contention at the top of Pool 5.

Possessing a squad with the kind of depth that most other teams in Europe could only dream of, Flood paid credit to Kiwi back Bowden especially for stepping in.

"Our squad integrity is being tested and so is our character," Flood told the Leicester Mercury.

"We are travelling to face very good teams without the luxury of having Manu Tuilagi, Tom Croft and other world class players.

"It's a testament to the squad to be able to go out there and get results and, at Ulster, something out of the game.

"At Ravenhill last Friday, the midfield of Dan Bowden and Niki Goneva was untested and there are new combinations everywhere you look.

"Niki is normally a winger and Dan has not played that much rugby in the last year - but he is an outstanding player.

"The quality of player we have in depth here is outstanding and those two guys are testament to that."

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