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England star ruled out as Leicester Tigers make late change

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

England’s record cap holder Ben Youngs has been ruled of Leicester Tigers’ Heineken Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvernge.

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A club statement reads: “There has been a change to the Leicester Tigers matchday squad to face Clermont Auvergne in the 1st Leg of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.

“Ben Youngs is out of today’s fixture through illness. In his place, Jack van Poortvliet will start at scrum-half. Richard Wigglesworth joins the Leicester bench.”

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“The matchday squad remains otherwise unchanged from the side named on Friday.”

Previewing the trip to France, Head Coach Steve Borthwick said: “Clermont are an excellent side with a great balance throughout their team.”

“They have a big, powerful forward pack with a very good scrum, very good maul and experienced half backs who boss a game really well, controlling things, and electric pace and power out wide in a dangerous backline.”

“This European adventure, which taken us a few different places so far this season, is now taking us to Clermont; a great place to be able to play rugby and represent Leicester Tigers.”

LEICESTER TIGERS:
15 Freddie Steward
14 Harry Potter
13 Guy Porter
12 Dan Kelly
11 Hosea Saumaki
10 George Ford
9 Jack van Poortvliet
1 Ellis Genge (c)
2 Julián Montoya
3 Joe Heyes
4 Ollie Chessum
5 Calum Green
6 Hanro Liebenberg (vc)
7 Tommy Reffell
8 Jasper Wiese

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REPLACEMENTS
16 Nic Dolly
17 James Whitcombe
18 Dan Cole
19 Harry Wells
20 Eli Snyman
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Freddie Burns
23 Matías Moroni

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