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- Heineken Cup
- Pool 3
- 19th Dec 2009
- KO 18:00
- Ground: Welford Road
- Att: 21,286
Leicester v Clermont: Teams
At Welford Road, Saturday December 19, kick-off 6pm
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill wants his side to show the same fighting spirit when they take on Clermont for the second successive week.
Leicester battled back in France only to be ultimately edged out of a thrilling contest.
And Cockerill said: "We know we did not play at our best last Sunday, but the players have to take credit for battling all the way to the end and giving themsevles an opportunity to get something out of the game.
"Clermont played very well, they are a good side. But we are a good side too and we're looking forward to another big European occasion in front of a big crowd at Welford Road."
Cockerill has named Dan Hipkiss in the centres after Aaron Mauger was ruled out through injury.
Lions scrum-half Harry Ellis returns on the bench with Ben Youngs starting at No.9. In the only change in the pack, Marcos Ayerza starts at prop.
Clermont's star winger Napolioni Nalaga has been ruled out of the match with a thigh injury, so skipper Aurelien Rougerie must shift from centre to the wing.
Lionel Faure, Davit Zirakashvili and Julien Pierre have been recalled in favour of Thomas Domingo, Martin Scelzo and Thibaut Privat.
Leicester: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Alesana Tuilagi, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Mefin Davies, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 4 Louis Deacon (c), 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Craig Newby, 7 Lewis Moody, 8 Jordan Crane.
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Dan Cole, 18 Boris Stankovich, 19 Ben Kay, 20 Brett Deacon, 21 Harry Ellis, 22 Jeremy Staunton, 23 Johne Murphy
Clermont: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Aurelien Rougerie, 13 Gonzalo Canale, Bai, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Brock James, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Elvis Vermeulen, 7 Alexandre Audebert, 6 Julien Bonnaire, 5 Julien Pierre, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Lionel Faure.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Martin Scelzo, 19 Thibaut Privat, 20 Jason White, 21 Kevin Senio, 22 Brent Russell, 23 Wesley Fofana.
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