Murphy to lead Tigers against Australia
November 8, 2010
Geordan Muprhy will captain Leicester against Australia © PA Photos
Ireland fullback Geordan Murphy will lead Leicester Tigers against Australia at Welford Road on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old will wear the letter O on his back as the Tigers return to their roots with lettered shirts as a one-off to raise funds for charity, with Peter Bucknall, George Chuter and Julian White to wear the famous ABC in the front-row.
"For everybody who wears the jersey, it is not their jersey, they just get to wear it for a short period of time," head coach Richard Cockerill said. "It is nice to see the letters on the shirts again and we all hope that everybody wearing it does it justice."
Jordan Crane slots in at No.8, with Thomas Waldrom shifting to blindside flanker, while James Grindal and Billy Twelvetrees are named at halfback. Powerful youngster Manu Tuilagi bags a start on the wing and will be looking for a second international scalp after featuring in last year's victory over Leicester.
"We've got a lot to live up to after last year's win over South Africa," Cockeril added. "It's a great occasion and it sums up where we are in the world of rugby that we can get this fixture. We will try to have a crack at them and have a really good night."
Leicester: G Murphy (capt); S Hamilton, M Smith, A Allen, M Tuilagi, B Twelvetrees, J Grindal, P Bucknall, G Chuter, J White, E Slater, G Skivington, T Waldrom, C Newby, J Crane
Replacements: R Hawkins, G De-Robertis, S Mafi, B Pienaar, J Spice, G Ford, D Hipkiss
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