Leicester Tigers captain Toby Flood admits his squad’s persona is being examined after a extreme run of key accidents.
British and Irish Lions avid gamers Manu Tuilagi and Tom Croft are each sidelined while different key squad personnel together with Steve Mafi, Mat Tait, Marcos Ayerza, Anthony Allen and Matt Smith are all lacking from motion.
An overflowing infirmary intended that Leicester had been pressured to box Dan Bowden and Vereniki Goneva in midfield towards Ulster remaining Friday.
Having taken away a precious dropping bonus level from Ravenhill, Leicester host Italian aspect Treviso on Friday in search of most factors to position them again in competition on the prime of Pool 5.
Possessing a squad with the more or less depth that the majority different groups in Europe might simplest dream of, Flood paid credit score to Kiwi again Bowden particularly for stepping in.
“Our squad integrity is being examined and so is our personality,” Flood instructed the Leicester Mercury.
“We’re traveling to face excellent groups with out the posh of getting Manu Tuilagi, Tom Croft and different world type gamers.
“It can be a testomony to the squad so as to go in the market and get outcomes and, at Ulster, one thing out of the sport.
“At Ravenhill final Friday, the midfield of Dan Bowden and Niki Goneva was once untested and there are new mixtures all over the place you seem.
“Niki is usually a winger and Dan has now not performed that so much rugby within the closing yr – however he is a phenomenal participant.
“The standard of participant we’ve got intensive right here is exceptional and people two guys are testomony to that.”