Premiership: Leicester Tigers v Wasps
Leicester again row Hanro Liebenberg has been out since early November via damage
Venue: Welford Highway Date: Saturday, 15 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Protection: BBC Radio Leicester and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire commentary on the BBC Sport web site and app
Leicester again row Hanro Liebenberg returns from damage to face Wasps in a Midlands derby at Welford Highway.
Jonah Holmes can be included on the wing for Tigers having been launched from Six Nations obligation with Wales.
Wasps embrace fly-half Jacob Umaga, who has been coaching with England, whereas Marcus Watson returns from an Achilles damage to start out at full-back.
Thibaud Flament comes into the second row and Tommy Taylor at hooker as James Gaskell and Tom Cruse miss out.
Lee Blackett takes cost of the guests for the primary time since director of rugby Dai Younger’s resolution to step again from first-team duties.
Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy instructed BBC Radio Leicester:
“The fellows on this group don’t need to be within the place we’re and we imagine that we’re stronger than our league place signifies.
“There is a lengthy method to go within the league and we need to begin turning our kind and climbing the desk.
“There’s 10 factors between 11th and fifth, which is a few wins, so it is in everybody’s management.
“The league could be very aggressive and groups can simply flip one another over week after week. We are able to solely management what we will management.”
Wasps again row Brad Shields instructed BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
“We’re fairly assured and imagine in the best way we have been making an attempt to play.
“In the previous few video games, we have been fairly inconsistent and performed nicely in patches however conceded some comfortable tries. That is the story of our season in the mean time.
“We’ve to make the best choices on the sphere and do our roles. If we will try this, rugby’s a fairly easy sport.
“Leicester are a high quality facet and if we flip up with the mentality that they are struggling on the backside of the desk, we’ll get turned over.”
Leicester: Veainu; Holmes, Taute, Eastmond, Hughes; Hardwick, White; Bateman, Youngs (capt), Cole, Lavanini, Spencer, Liebenberg, Taufua, Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Polota-Nau, Leatigaga, Heyes, Wells, Reffell, Simmons, Reid, Price.
Wasps: Watson; Kibirige, Le Bourgeois, Gopperth, Bassett; Umaga, Robson (co-capt); McIntyre, Taylor, Brookes, Rowlands, Flament, J Willis, Younger (co-capt), Carr.
Replacements: Oghre, Zhvania, Alo, Shields, Vailanu, Wolstenholme, Searle, Spink.
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Source:: New paper 24 – Sports