Tigers scored seven tries in a strong win over London Irish last weekend. Friday night brings a change of pace as the league has a pause and the Premiership Rugby Cup takes centre stage.
📺 Kick off is 7.45pm on Friday 18 March. The game is live on BT Sport.
With both teams giving plenty of first team players a well deserved break, this one will be hard to call.
Tigers won their two previous games in the cup, beating Sale at home and then thrashing Wasps in Coventry.
Brett Deacon, Leicester Tigers Assistant Coach, has been in charge this week and he had this to say ahead of the match:
This group has been chomping at the bit all week for this opportunity to represent the club on Friday night. A lot of these guys have been involved all season, training incredibly hard, and now have an opportunity to show Steve [Borthwick] and the rest of the coaching team what they can do.
Here are the official line-ups.
🏉 LEICESTER TIGERS
Forwards: 1) Francois van Wyk 2) Archie Vanes 3) Will Hurd 4) Josh Poullet 5) David Douglas Bridge 6) Tomiwa Agbongbon 7) Olly Robinson 8) Sean Jansen
Backs: 9) Jonny Law 10) Dan Lancaster 11) Hosea Saumaki 12) Juan Pablo Socino 13) Jaco Taute © 14) Kobus van Wyk 15) Kini Murimurivalu
Replacements: 16) David Aniebonam 17) Dan Richardson 18) Nephi Leatigaga 19) Chester Owen 20) Nathan Tweedy 21) Sam Edwards 22) Morgan Meredith 23) Jacob Cusick
🏉 NEWCASTLE FALCONS
Forwards: 1) Adam Brocklebank 2) Charlie Maddison 3) Richard Palframan 4) George Merrick 5) Rob Farrar 6) Callum Chick © 7) Freddie Lockwood 8) Tom Marshall
Backs: 9) Louis Schreuder 10) Brett Connon 11) Nathan Earle 12) Luther Burrell 13) Max Wright 14) Ollie Lindsay-Hague 15) Alex Tait
Replacements: 16) Robbie Smith 17) Conrad Cade 18) Mark Tampin 19) Matthew Dalton 20) Jamie Blamire 21) James Blackett 22) Joel Hodgson 23) Zach Kerr
Referee: Sara Cox
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace, Jamie Leahy
TMO: Hamish Smales
Tigers have gone for a mostly inexperienced side with six of the squad making debuts. A further seven have three or less caps. That said, there’s some experience in the backs, with Jaco Taute captaining the side. Taute will makes his first appearance of the season after a long-term injury.
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