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“Could provide England hope” – Freddie Steward switches positions this weekend

Leicester Tigers have named their side for Saturday’s Investec Champions Cup Round of 16 clash at 8pm against Leinster at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Tigers have made three changes to the team from last week’s victory away to Newcastle, with Dan Cole returning at tighthead prop.

Dan Kelly will wear number 13 while Jamie Shillcock comes in at fullback. Freddie Steward shifts to the wing. This could prove to also be a way back into the England fold after losing his place to George Furbank.

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

“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.

“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.”

Leinster: Hugo Keenan; Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw, Jamie Osborne, James Lowe; Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Joe McCarthy, Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris (c).

Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Michael Ala’alatoa, Jason Jenkins, Jack Conan, Ben Murphy, Harry Byrne, Ciaran Frawley.

Leicester Tigers: Jamie Shillcock; Freddie Steward, Dan Kelly, Solomone Kata, Ollie Hassell-Collins; Handre Pollard, Jack van Poortvliet; James Cronin, Julian Montoya (c), Dan Cole; Harry Wells, Kyle Hatherell; Hanro Liebenberg, Olly Cracknell, Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: Charlie Clare, Francois van Wyk, Will Hurd, Finn Carnduff, Emeka Ilione, Tom Whiteley, Phil Cokanasiga, Mike Brown.

2025 Rugby World Cup stadiums confirmed, including Twickenham

The stadiums have been confirmed for the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup’s opening and closing matches.

World Rugby also confirmed that Twickenham Stadium will host the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final, on Saturday September 2

1. Twickenham (London): Location: London, England

Bio: Twickenham, often referred to as the home of English rugby, stands as an iconic venue with a rich history. Renowned for hosting major rugby events, this historic stadium in southwest London is the perfect setting for the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

With a capacity to hold over 80,000 passionate fans, Twickenham promises an electrifying atmosphere that will undoubtedly contribute to the tournament’s excitement and prestige.

General view of the pitch before the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. ( Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK )

2. Stadium of Light (Sunderland): Location: Sunderland, England

Bio: Nestled on the banks of the River Wear, the Stadium of Light is a beacon of sporting passion in the North East. The home of Sunderland A.F.C. transforms into a rugby haven as it proudly hosts the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Boasting a striking modern architecture and a seating capacity of over 49,000, the stadium promises a thrilling experience for fans and players alike.

General view of the stadium of Light – Photo mandatory by-line: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle – Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 – Mobile: 0797 1270 681 – 25/08/2015 – SPORT – FOOTBALL – Capital One Cup – Second Round – Sunderland AFC v Exeter City – Sunderland Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England