Tigers chief wary of complacency
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has urged no let-up from the Tigers as they continue their relentless pursuit of yet another league title.
Cockerill's team head to Edgeley Park on Friday night for an appointment with Sale Sharks, who are currently nine places and 32 points below them in the Aviva Premiership table. The Tigers are currently five points clear of Saracens with seven regular season games remaining as they chase an eighth Premiership crown.
"We have been going well," said rugby director Cockerill. "Although some of the teams around us have games in hand, we are just focusing on what we are doing. There are seven games to go and we are just trying to get as many points as we can."
He added: "Sale is always a tough place to go, but we've won our last three away games and we should go there with some confidence.
"It's all about getting results at this stage of the season. We're in a good place at the moment, but that can change very quickly."
England back-row forward Tom Croft returns to the Leicester starting XV after beginning his comeback from a serious shoulder injury off the bench against Wasps last weekend.
Prop Julian White also features, packing down in the front-row alongside Marcos Ayerza and George Chuter, but the Tigers field an unchanged back division following the victory over Wasps.
Sale welcome back Wales international scrum-half Dwayne Peel as one of three changes from the Sale side beaten by Harlequins five days ago.
Peel replaces Will Cliff, while a neck injury sidelines hooker Marc Jones, so Ben Roberts deputises, with Lee Imiolek taking over from England prop Andrew Sheridan.
Sale, although eight points above 11th-placed Newcastle and nine clear of bottom club Leeds Carnegie, are not free from relegation danger.