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Freddie Steward switches positions as Leicester name team for Leinster

By Ian Cameron
Freddie Steward of Leicester Tigers looks on during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby at Mattioli Woods Welford Road Stadium on March 22, 2024 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images) (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers have confirmed their lineup for the upcoming Investec Champions Cup Round of 16 match against Leinster.

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Tigers have made three adjustments from the team that secured a win against Newcastle last week. Dan Cole is set to make his return as tighthead prop, reinforcing the front row. In the backline, Dan Kelly will take up the position wearing number 13, and Jamie Shillcock has been selected to start at fullback. Notably, Freddie Steward will make a positional shift to the wing for this match.

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “We’re excited to get over to Dublin and rip into this challenge.”

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Jannes Kirsten on his injury speak to Liam Heagney about the injury that’s kept him out of action since arriving at the Bulls.

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Jannes Kirsten on his injury since arriving back in South Africa

Jannes Kirsten on his injury speak to Liam Heagney about the injury that’s kept him out of action since arriving at the Bulls.

“Their record speaks for itself but, like any game of rugby, if you can apply pressure and deny opportunity consistently, you’ll give yourself a great chance to be in the contest.

Head-to-Head

Last 4 Meetings

Wins
4
Draws
0
Wins
0
Average Points scored
35
18
First try wins
25%
Home team wins
50%

“We’ve got a lot of experience and fight in this group so outside of these walls is irrelevant to us; we’ll turn up to the Aviva on Saturday night ready to go with a bucket load of belief.”

The game is scheduled for Saturday at 8pm at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Leicester Tigers two game losing run in all competitions ended with their dramtic 19-13 victory at Newcastle last Friday.

LEICESTER TEAM:
15 Jamie Shillcock
14 Freddie Steward
13 Dan Kelly
12 Solomone Kata
11 Ollie Hassell-Collins
10 Handré Pollard
9 Jack van Poortvliet
1 James Cronin
2 Julián Montoya
3 Dan Cole
4 Harry Wells
5 Kyle Hatherell
6 Hanro Liebenberg
7 Olly Cracknell
8 Jasper Wiese

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16 Charlie Clare
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Will Hurd
19 Finn Carnduff
20 Emeka Ilione
21 Tom Whiteley
22 Phil Cokanasiga
23 Mike Brown

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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