Skivington returns from a foot injury to captain the Exiles against his former side. Yarde has recovered from a hip injury sustained whilst on International duty with England to take his place on the wing and Shane Geraghty is named at fly half in place of Ian Humphreys.
John Yapp, David Paice and Leo Halavatau will start in the front row with Ian Gough and George Skivington in the second row. Chris Hala’ufia will play alongside Blair Cowan and Jebb Sinclair, who returns from International duty, in the back row.
Tomás O’Leary and Shane Geraghty will partner at half back with Eamonn Sheridan and Fergus Mulchrone in the centre. Marland Yarde, Topsy Ojo and James O’Connor make up the back three.
Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: “Leicester have been the benchmark team in this country for many years now so it is always a challenge when you go there. We have prepared well this week for the contest and will go up there ready to go.”
London Irish team to face Leicester Tigers:
15. James O’Connor*; 14.Topsy Ojo*; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Marland Yarde*; 10. Shane Geraghty*; 9. Tomás O’Leary*; 1. John Yapp*; 2. David Paice*; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Ian Gough*; 6. Jebb Sinclair*; 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17 Matt Parr; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19.Nic Rouse; 20. Danny Kenny; 21. Guy Armitage; 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Darren Allinson