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Phil Vickery is back for Wasps to face an unchanged Leicester side in the Guinness Premiership final at Twickenham.
Last Updated: 31/05/08 8:42am
Phil Vickery is set to return from injury for Wasps for Saturday's Guinness Premiership final against Leicester at Twickenham.
England's World Cup captain has been sidelined since suffering a knee ligament problem in mid-April.
It had already been announced that Vickery will miss England's New Zealand tour next month, with Bath lock Steve Borthwick instead nominated by new national manager Martin Johnson for leadership duties.
However, the prop has trained fully this week and will reclaim the number three shirt as Wasps chase a fourth Premiership title in six seasons.
Wasps rugby director Ian McGeechan said: "I am delighted that Phil has come through a week's training and contact to be fit for Saturday.
"It helps to make up for the loss of Danny Cipriani and Tom Voyce for this game."
Cipriani, who is a long-term casualty after suffering an horrific ankle injury in Wasps' semi-final win against Bath, will be replaced at fly-half by Riki Flutey.
Flutey, the Professional Rugby Players' Association player of the year, switches from centre, with Dominic Waldouck and Fraser Waters forming Wasps' midfield partnership.
Voyce's absence after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Bath means Josh Lewsey lines up on the wing, with Mark Van Gisbergen called into the side at full-back.
Both Waters, who joins Italian club Treviso this summer, and captain Lawrence Dallaglio make their final appearances in Wasps colours.
It will be World Cup winner Dallaglio's 339th competitive appearance for Wasps. He starts at number eight alongside back-row colleagues James Haskell and Tom Rees.
Leicester coach Marcelo Lofredda has kept faith with the same team that shocked Gloucester at Kingsholm as he bids to complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.
Only two late, late wins at the end of the regular season made sure the Tigers qualified for the play-offs, as well as next year's Heineken Cup.
Despite the recent upturn in fortunes Loffreda is still not certain to keep his job beyond the summer, meaning this weekend could be his final hurrah in what has been a turbulent spell at Welford Road.
The former Argentina coach will be hoping it will prove to be second time lucky at Twickenham after already losing the EDF Energy Cup final 23-6 to the Ospreys.
Leicester are no strangers to playing in the Premiership final having been involved in four finals since the play-off system was introduced in the 2000/01 season.
However, they have managed to win just once - against Gloucester last year - and lost to Wasps 39-14 back in 2005.
Skipper Martin Corry will lead a pack that includes Julian White despite the prop being found guilty of stamping in the semi-final.
After a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing he was suspended for one week, but the ban was back-dated from May 21 to 27.
The only change from the squad is on the replacements bench where French hooker Ben Kayser replaces George Chuter.
Wasps: 15 M Van Gisbergen , 14 P Sackey, 13 F Waters, 12 D Waldouck, 11 J Lewsey, 10 R Flutey , 9 E Reddan; 1 T Payne, 2 R Ibanez, 3 P Vickery, 4 S Shaw, 5 T Palmer, 6 J Haskell, 7 T Rees, 8 L Dallaglio (capt)
Replacements: 16 J Ward , 17 P Barnard, 18 R Birkett, 19 J Worsley, 20 M McMillan, 21 J Staunton, 22 J Hart
Leicester: 15 G Murphy, 14 T Varndell, 13 D Hipkiss, 12 A Mauger, 11 A Tuilagi, 10 A Goode, 9 H Ellis; 1 B Stankovich, 2 M Davies, 3 J White, 4 M Wentzel, 5 B Kay, 6 M Corry (capt), 7 B Herring, 8 J Crane
Replacements: 16 B Kayser, 17 M Ayerza, 18 R Blaze, 19 T Croft, 20 C Laussucq, 21 S Vesty, 22 A Erinle