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Dupuy is handed a starting role for Leicester

Leicester’s Heineken Cup quarter-final hero Julien Dupuy has edged out Lions scrum-half Harry Ellis for the Millennium Stadium showdown against Cardiff Blues on Sunday.

Frenchman Dupuy’s injury-time try booked a semi-final appointment with the Blues as Leicester beat Bath 20-15 and he is now preferred to Ellis.

He is joined on the bench by fellow England internationals Julian White and Lewis Moody, plus fit-again former New Zealand centre Aaron Mauger.

Full-back Geordan Murphy captains a Leicester side that also sees Toby Flood restored at fly-half, Sam Vesty moving from 10 to 12 and wing Johne Murphy replacing the suspended Alesana Tuilagi.

The Blues make one enforced change following their quarter-final win against Toulouse, with Richie Rees taking over from injured scrum-half Jason Spice.

The Welsh challengers parade all six of their South Africa-bound Lions, although one of them — Wales number eight Andy Powell — is among the replacements.

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