Sunday 17 December 2017

Tiger Tanks

Dan Cole

Age: 23 Height: 6' 2" Weight: 18st England caps: 16

Looks and plays a lot older than his 23 years and is a prop in the gnarled mould of Leicester greats such as Graham Rowntree, Darren Garforth and Julian White. Cian Healy coped with him last month, but Cole rarely goes backwards and frequently dominates. This Tiger is a Lion in waiting.

Martin Castrogiovanni

Age: 29 Height: 6' 2" Weight: 18st 7lb Italy caps: 76

The cult hero and a leader for Leicester in the loose and tight, where his awkward scrummaging style causes consistent problems. With Marcos Ayerza unavailable, 'Castro' could be asked to switch to loose-head, as he has done in the past.

Boris Stankovich

Age: 30 Height: 6' 0" Weight: 18st Caps: 0

Fits the bill of mean-looking hombre. A solid loose-head option in Ayerza's absence, the New Zealand-born England underage player is no mug, but Mike Ross will know his modus operandi from his Harlequins days.

Irish Independent

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