Harlequins have named both squads for this Saturday's pre-season double header at The Stoop.
In the first of the day's fixtures, Harlequins take on RFU Championship side, London Scottish at 12.15pm
Ollie Lindsay-Hague joins Seb Stegmann and Miles Mantella in the back three, while Charlie Walker and new signing Ben Botica combine in the centres. Rory Clegg and new Academy recruit, Henry Taylor complete the backs.
In the forwards, Nic Mayhew, Rob Buchanan and Will Collier make up the front row, with Sam Twomey and Pete Browne completing the first five. Captain Will Skinner is joined in the back row with Tom Guest and Academy graduate Joe Trayfoot.
Harlequins team to face London Scottish
15. Ollie Lindsay-Hague
13. Charlie Walker
12. Ben Botica
11. Miles Mantella
10. Rory Clegg
9. Henry Taylor
1. Nic Mayhew
2. Rob Buchanan
3. Will Collier
4. Sam Twomey
5. Pete Browne
6. Joe Trayfoot
7. Will Skinner
8. Tom Guest
Replacements to follow
In the afternoon's second fixture, Harlequins take on Heineken Cup pool rivals Connacht at 14.45.
Ross Chisholm starts at Full-Back with Tom Williams and Sam Smith on either wing. The regular partnership of Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe start in the centres with Nick Evans and Danny Care at half back.
In the forwards, Joe Gray starts at hooker, with Joe Marler and James Johnston either side of him. Olly Kohn and captain George Robson combine in the second row. Nick Easter starts at number 8, with Maurie Fa'asavalu and Luke Wallace completing the forwards.
Harlequins team to face Connacht
15. Ross Chisholm
14. Seb Stegmann
13. George Lowe
12. Jordan Turner-Hall
11. Sam Smith
10. Nick Evans
9. Danny Care
1. Joe Marler
2. Joe Gray
3. James Johnston
4. Olly Kohn
5. George Robson
6. Maurie Fa'asavalu
7. Luke Wallace
8. Nick Easter
Williams is starting the Connaucht game, not Stegmann.
There are a few other names missing but guessing they will make up the benches, most notably Lambert, Fairbrother, Dickson, Hopper & Casson. Although I would have expected at least one of Hopper or Casson to start against Scottish allowing Clegg/Botica to back up Evans in the second match.
The first XV are a stronger team than I was expecting! Do we know if Robshaw, Brown and Monye are 100% after their international injuries? If they are fine, are they likely to get benched or just sit the whole thing out?
Robshaw's injury was less severe than Brown's, so I'd expect him back sooner. But I'd not be surprised if (given their looong season) COS was giving them as much time off as possible. It's not as if either of them is the sort of player who needs to play themselves back into form.
While we might prove to be a little light in the tight five for the first match, it's pretty incredible that the Club are able to put out two whole teams with that much talent.
Between Senior and Academy squads we have (38+11) 49 players. Less 2 long term injuries, three (hopefully very) short term injuries and 1 ban, means there should be 43 available. So it seems likely that everyone will be involved, with at least three featuring in both squads. My guess would be very early changes at 2, 8 and 10 in the first match.
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