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White, Kay, Corry and Moody line up for Tigers

28 November 2003

Tigers director of rugby Dean Richards has included all seven of his England world cup winners in the match-day 22 for Saturday's Zurich Premiership clash with Bath at Welford Road (kick-off 3pm), with four starting and the other three on the bench.

England captain Martin Johnson is among the replacements, while flanker Neil Back and hooker Dorian West are also on the bench for the sell-out match.

Ben Kay packs down in the second row having started the world cup final in Sydney only seven days earlier, with Richards saying: "All of our world cup players are very keen to be involved this weekend, and with Stewart Campbell being concussed at Rotherham last Saturday, we knew we'd have to play one of our England locks, so that's why Ben is in."

Lewis Moody and Martin Corry start at openside and blindside flanker respectively, having been on the bench for the historic victory over the Wallabies - Moody coming on for the crucial extra-time period as England claimed the Webb Ellis trophy, while Corry was also on the bench for the unforgettable match.

Tight-head prop Julian White is the other world cup winner to start for Tigers, having joined from Bristol in the summer - Richards saying: "I'm very much looking forward to Julian's debut, and he  will be looking to impress. 

"Darren Morris has done very well over the last few weeks, dominating the right hand side of the scrum, and doing much more around the pitch."

Elsewhere in the side, Neil Baxter and John Holtby return to the wings after injury, while Tom Tierney takes the place of Harry Ellis at scrum-half - Ellis having had his ten-week ban reduced to seven in recent days.

A shoulder injury prevents Tigers skipper and former All Black Josh Kronfeld from taking the field in his last week in England before returning to his homeland.

Richards said of Kronfeld, who has been a firm fan favourite at Tigers: "He has given everything for the club, been an incredibly popular member of the squad and done a tremendous amount of work with the younger players. He's led from the front, on and off the field.

"I know he would have loved to have played his last match in front of a packed Welford Road, but sadly that hasn't been possible. He's had a niggling shoulder injury for the last few weeks and it hasn't cleared up."

In Kronfeld's absence, loose-head prop Graham Rowntree captains the side, while Welsh hooker Jim Richards keeps his place after starting the last three matches, in the week that his loan deal was extended to make him available until the end of the season.

Leicester Tigers team to face Bath:

15 Austin Healey
14 Neil Baxter
13 Ollie Smith
12 Daryl Gibson
11 John Holtby
10 Ramiro Pez
9 Tom Tierney
1 Graham Rowntree �
2 Jim Richards
3 Julian White
4 Louis Deacon
5 Ben Kay
6 Martin Corry
7 Lewis Moody
8 Adam Balding

Replacements:

16 Dorian West
17 Darren Morris
18 Martin Johnson
19 Neil Back
20 Henry Tuilagi
21 Glenn Gelderbloom
22 Sam Vesty

Not considered due to injury: 

Geordan Murphy
James Buckland
Peter Cook
Leon Lloyd
Steve Booth