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Richard Cockerill rings the changes for Leicester Tigers' LV= Cup clash

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Leicester Tigers duo Rob Hawkins and Brett Deacon both return from injury to take their place in the starting line-up for tomorrow's LV= Cup tie against London Irish at Welford Road (3.0).

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has made nine changes from the side that registered a historic win against the Maori All Blacks on Tuesday.

Hooker Hawkins makes his first start of the season alongside Boris Stankovich and Fraser Balmain in the front row, while Deacon will lead the team on his return from a hand injury.

Mathew Tait, who made his return to action on Tuesday after 13 months on the sidelines through injury, makes his second start at full-back.

Andy Forsyth and Alex Lewington are brought in on the wings in place of Niall Morris and Adam Thompstone, while Rob Andrew comes in at lock for Louis Deacon.

Ed Slater moves into the second row in place of Graham Kitchener, and Michael Noone, Richard Thorpe and Brett Deacon make up the back row.

Scrum-half Micky Young starts for the first time on home soil this season, and Dan Bowden returns to the backline against his former club.

Welford Road has been named Rugby Venue of the Year at the Rugby Expo awards, while the 'Tigers Family' campaign also picked up an award for marketing innovation.

Richard Cockerill rings the changes for Leicester Tigers' LV= Cup clash


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