Leicester Tigers welcome back internationals Martin Castrogiovanni and Tom Croft for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 15 fixture against London Wasps at Welford Road (5.30pm). Castrogiovanni takes the No3 shirt and is joined in the front row by Boris Stankovich in the only changes to the line-up which started last Sunday’s Premiership victory at Leeds Carnegie.

England flanker Croft is named among the replacements on his return from injury.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “We’ve got four tough games to play during this Six Nations period and, although we made a good start to that run with a win at Leeds last week, we want to keep it going.

“We’ve had some cracking games against Wasps in recent years and it should be a good contest.

“Julian White has had a bit of an injury but having Castro back softens the blow and I thought Pete Bucknall did an outstanding job for us at Leeds last weekend.”

Jordan Crane (knee), Ed Slater (foot), Matt Smith (hamstring) and Julian White (ankle) are ruled out by injury this week. Geordan Murphy, Ben Pienaar and Geoff Parling are also sidelined.

More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s game but tickets remain available. Phone the Tigers ticket hotline on 0844 856 1880, call in at Welford Road (open until 5pm Friday and from 9am Saturday) or book online and collect on matchday.

Leicester Tigers (v London Wasps, Welford Road, Saturday 5.30pm)

15 Scott Hamilton

14 Horacio Agulla

13 Manu Tuilagi

12 Anthony Allen

11 Alesana Tuilagi

10 Jeremy Staunton

9 James Grindal

1 Boris Stankovich

2 George Chuter

3 Martin Castrogiovanni

4 Steve Mafi

5 George Skivington

6 Craig Newby (c)

7 Ben Woods

8 Thomas Waldrom


16 Rob Hawkins

17 Marcos Ayerza

18 Peter Bucknall

19 Calum Green

20 Tom Croft

21 Sam Harrison

22 Dan Hipkiss

23 Billy Twelvetrees