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Send in the cavalry! Tuilagi and Toomua return to face Munster

Leicester Tigers have made three changes in personnel to their team for Sunday’s game.

Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua.
Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua.
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MANU TUILAGI AND Matt Toomua have been passed fit to start for Leicester Tigers against Munster in Sunday’s Pool 4 clash in the European Champions Cup at Welford Road [KO 5.30pm, BT Sport 2].

Tuilagi hasn’t played since 3 September due to a knee injury. The England international will be partnered in midfield by Wallabies centre Toomua, who’s been sidelined — also due to a knee problem — since 21 October.

Matthew Tait moves from centre to full-back to replace the injured Telusa Veainu. Matt Smith is the other back who drops out. The third personnel change in the Leicester side from last weekend’s defeat at Thomond Park sees Mike Williams replace Luke Hamilton in the back row.

Australian international hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who arrived in Leicester this week after signing for the club recently, is included among the replacements for the round four fixture.

Leicester Tigers:

15. Mathew Tait
14. Adam Thompstone
13. Manu Tuilagi
12. Matt Toomua
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

1. Kyle Traynor
2. Tom Youngs (captain)
3. Dan Cole
4. Mike Fitzgerald
5. Graham Kitchener
6. Valentino Mapapalangi
7. Mike Williams
8. Sione Kalamafoni


16. Tatafu Polota-Nau
17. Logovi’i Mulipola
18. Chris Baumann
19. Dom Barrow
20. Luke Hamilton
21. Sam Harrison
22. Joe Ford
23. Nick Malouf

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