After beating Gloucester last time out, Tigers head down the M1 to face second-placed Saracens at the StoneX stadium.
Kick off is 3pm on Saturday 5 March. The game is live on BT Sport.
Despite Tigers 16 point lead over Saracens in table, head coach Steve Borthwick said this week that he still considers them to be the best team in England:
It is an incredible challenge; they are the best team in the league and have come off a week’s rest and will be targeting this game.
Tigers are on another winning streak—four wins since the Round 14 loss to Sale—while Saracens have lost three of their last five.
Expect fireworks! (Or a dreary aerial kicking contest.)
Here are the official line-ups.
Forwards: 1) James Whitcombe 2) Nic Folly 3) Joe Heyes 4) Eli Snyman 5) Callum Green 6) Ollie Chessum 7) Tommy Reffell 8) George Martin
Backs: 9) Jack van Poortvliet 10) George Ford © 11) Kini Murimurivalu 12) Matt Scott 13) Matias Moroni 14) Harry Potter 15) Freddie Burns
Replacements: 16) Charlie Clare 17) Francois van Wyk 18) Nephi Leatigaga 19) Harry Wells 20) Jasper Wiese 21) Richard Wigglesworth 22) Guy Porter 23) Nemani Nadolo
Forwards: 1) Mako Vunipola © 2) Tom Woolstencroft 3) Vincent Kock 4) Callum Hunter-Hill 5) Tim Swinson 6) Andy Christie 7) Jackson Wray 8) Billy Vunipola
Backs: 9) Aled Davies 10) Alex Goode 11) Alex Lewington 12) Nick Tompkins 13) Alex Loxowski 14) Sean Maitland 15) Elliot Daly
Replacements: 16) Ethan Lewis 17) Richard Barrington 18) Sam Wainwright 19) Theo McFarland 20) Ben Earl 21) Ruben De Haas 22) Duncan Taylor 23) Rotimi Segun
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Phil Watters
TMO: David Rose
Citing Officer: Andy Blyth
As soon as George Ford was released by England for this game, it was likely he’d get picked. There’s a risk it breaks Freddie Burns’s rhythm, but Ford is in desperate need of some game time. Burns will start at 15 in place of Bryce Hegarty.
Changes in the centres too with Dan Kelly getting a well-deserved break (hopefully it’s not injury).
A youthful back row will start the game with Wiese to come on from the bench.
As with when Tigers played Sarries in October, Borthwick has put a lot of strength and experience on the bench rather than in the starting line-up.
Bring on Saturday afternoon!
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