Aviva Premiership match preview: Leicester v London Irish
Last Updated: 04/05/13 2:16pm
Leicester Tigers have made three changes to their squad ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash against London Irish at Welford Road.
Tigers captain Geordan Murphy returns to the starting XV at full-back while Martin Castrogiovanni also comes back into the side at prop.
On the wings Adam Thompstone is replaced by Vereniki Goneva as Leicester look to get back to winning ways after narrowly losing to Bath last time out.
All six of the Tigers named in the British and Irish Lions squad earlier this week feature in the match-day squad.
Meanwhile, former Tigers forward George Skivington is set to lead London Irish out against his former club.
Exiles coach Brian Smith names eight changes to the side which beat London Welsh last weekend, with Topsy Ojo starting on the wing opposite Marland Yarde.
Guy Armitage and Jonathan Joseph make up the centres while Darren Allinson and Ian Humphreys continue their half-back partnership.
Hooker Scott Lawson gets the nod ahead of David Paice while Jamie Gibson and Matt Garvey team up in the flanks as the Exiles look to end the season with back-to-back wins.
Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (capt), 14 Niall Morris, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Logovi'i Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Fraser Balmain, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Steve Mafi, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 George Ford, 23 Mathew Tait.
London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Guy Armitage, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Jamie Gibson, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 George Skivington (capt), 3 Halani Aulika, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Alex Corbisiero.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Kieran Low, 20 Jebb Sinclair, 21 Declan Danaher, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Jack Moates.
What they said...
Leicester Tigers forward Dan Cole
"It's exciting to be in the squad because the Lions are the biggest thing in British and Irish rugby.
"You have to park those emotions for a month, hopefully three more games, and target the Aviva Premiership."
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith
"It is our last game of the season so we are keen to put in a strong performance in what will be a huge challenge for the squad."
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 22
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Saracens confirmed top spot in the final Aviva Premiership table with a 23-14 win over Bath at Allianz Park.
Sale Sharks have named six changes in their starting XV to face London Wasps in Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash.