Manu Tuilagi has given England a pre-Six Nations boost by returning from injury for Leicester’s European Challenge Cup clash against Pau.
Leicester have already won Pool Five and secured a quarter-final place, yet a top-four seeding is their quest at Stade du Hameau.
“We’ve rotated the squad and shared opportunities for game-time throughout the Challenge Cup, and the guys have done very well so far,” Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy said.
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“This is a really good opportunity for us to gain experience in France and to try to build on the performances we’ve had in the last few weeks.”
Welsh challengers the Blues and Scarlets have hopes of progressing, with both sides effectively needing bonus-point victories.
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The Blues host Italian minnows Calvisano and Scarlets visit London Irish on Saturday in pursuit of remaining runners-up qualification spots, with Blues also requiring a Leicester victory.
Four of the five groups have already produced winners and confirmed quarter-finalists in Leicester, Bristol, Toulon and Bordeaux-Begles.
A five-point maximum for Scarlets at the Madejski Stadium should be enough, although added security would arrive courtesy of Leicester beating Pau.
Bristol should progress as top seeds if they beat Zebre in Italy. “The win is vital to us, and we’ve put ourselves in a position where all we need is a win,” Bristol rugby director Pat Lam told the club’s official website.
“We only have to look back at last year and what happened, where we were very disappointing and lost to Zebre over there. So, we’ve referenced that game this week. It’s a big motivation to ensure we get the job done.”
– Press Association
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