Chance for George Catchpole and Tom Youngs to impress for Leicester Tigers

Tom Youngs in training with England earlier this week, ahead of his release from the Six Nations squ

Tom Youngs in training with England earlier this week, ahead of his release from the Six Nations squad to allow him to play for Leicester this weekend. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Norfolk duo Tom Youngs and George Catchpole are in the Leicester Tigers starting XV for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish (2pm).

Youngs starts after being released from England's training camp so that he could get some game time ahead of next Sunday's Six Nations clash with Ireland.

The hooker has featured as a replacement in England's opening two fixtures of the tournament – wins against Wales and Italy – but has the chance to press his claims for the number two shirt further with his club side.

The former North Walsham and Holt junior player's younger brother, Ben, has been retained by England during the rest weekend after starting both matches at scrum-half.

Catchpole also makes the trip to the Madejski Stadium in Reading, retaining his starting place after making his full Premiership debut in last weekend's narrow home success against Gloucester.


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The 21-year-old centre, from St Olaves, forced his way into the Tigers squad with some promising displays in the LV= Cup recently and now has another chance to impress.

He starts alongside the likes of Argentina international prop Marco Ayerza, who knows seventh-placed Leicester cannot afford to slip against lowly Irish if they are to keep their top-four hopes alive.

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'The pressure will be on us and they will chuck it around and risk it,' Ayerza told the Leicester Mercury. 'They will play an even more open game than normal and try to score from everywhere because they have nothing to lose.

'It should be an open game against them. Irish showed us at the Premiership final a few years ago what they can do and they still play the same style of rugby, which is open and expansive.'

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