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Team vs Saracens
WellingQuin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 11:49
Friday, 23rd March 2018 @ 12:00


Following the conclusion of the Natwest 6 Nations, Harlequins welcome back their international contingent into the matchday squad to take on Saracens.

In the backs, Danny Care and Demetri Catrakilis form the half back pairing for the first time since September 2017, while Mike Brown starts at fullback. The remainder of the backline is unchanged from the win over Bath Rugby in Round 17.

In the forwards, there are three changes from the starting pack that beat Bath. Kyle Sinckler and Charlie Matthews start at tighthead prop and second row respectively, as Chris Robshaw comes in to the back row.

Among the replacements there is a welcome return for Jack Clifford, who is set to feature for the Club for the first time since October 2017.

Ahead of the match, Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: "We were obviously pleased to get back on track with the hard-earned win over Bath last time out, and now we’ll be looking to build on that this weekend.

"Saracens are still very much the ultimate challenge in English club rugby. That said, our recent record against them is very good. With our unavailability list finally starting to relent, we are really looking forward to playing at such a fabulous sporting arena, the London Stadium."

Harlequins squad to face Saracens (Harlequins appearances)

15. Mike Brown (293)
14. Alofa Alofa (51)
13. Joe Marchant (52)
12. Jamie Roberts (50)
11. Tim Visser (57)
10. Demetri Catrakilis (4)
9. Danny Care (239)

1. Mark Lambert (229)
2. Joe Gray (148)
3. Kyle Sinckler (117)
4. Charlie Matthews (160)
5. James Horwill (Captain, 53)
6. Chris Robshaw (252)
7. Luke Wallace (158)
8. James Chisholm (54)

16. Dave Ward (139)
17. Joe Marler (163)
18. Will Collier (122)
19. Mat Luamanu (62)
20. Jack Clifford (72)
21. Dave Lewis (13)
22. Marcus Smith (23)
23. Francis Saili (3)

Saracens v Harlequins, Saturday 24th March (kick-off, 15:00), London Stadium. Live on BT Sport.

Re: Team vs Saracens
WellingQuin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 11:52
Six of Saracens’ returning internationals are in the matchday 23 to take on London rivals Harlequins at London Stadium.
England duo Jamie George and Maro Itoje feature in the pack while Scotland and Wales backs Sean Maitland and Liam Williams are on the wings.

Richard Wigglesworth reclaims the number nine shirt with Alex Lozowski continuing at fly-half.

Other changes see Schalk Burger reinstated at openside flanker and Mako Vunipola selected on the bench.

Owen Farrell and George Kruis are unavailable this weekend due to injuries picked up on England duty.

Saracens team to face Leicester Tigers (Saracens appearances)

15 Alex Goode (254)
14 Liam Williams (10)
13 Marcelo Bosch (115)
12 Brad Barritt (215)
11 Sean Maitland (34)
10 Alex Lozowski (53)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (202)
1 Richard Barrington (128)
2 Jamie George (188)
3 Juan Figallo (82)
4 Maro Itoje (87)
5 Dominic Day (10)
6 Nick Isiekwe (27)
7 Schalk Burger (45)
8 Jackson Wray (193)

16 Schalk Brits (214)
17 Mako Vunipola (136)
18 Titi Lamositele (50)
19 Ben Earl (14)
20 Blair Cowan (1)
21 Ben Spencer (124)
22 Max Malins (14)
23 Chris Wyles (247)

Re: Team vs Saracens
Samquin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 11:52
Pleased to see the boys back from international duties. Good to see Lambert getting a start.

Re: Team vs Saracens
ironquin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 12:07
Good to see that Owen Farrell and George Kruis are out for this one and Mako Vunipola on the bench

Re: Team vs Saracens
Almost quin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 12:23
That is as strongest 23 we have been able to field all season

Re: Team vs Saracens
ArchQuin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 12:30
very decent 'finishers' for a change !

Re: Team vs Saracens
WellingQuin (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 12:38
Must surely be one of, if not the, strongest bench we've been able to put out all season.

Re: Team vs Saracens
InsertQuinsPunHere (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 12:46
Oh dear... seeing the Quins team on paper, I am, again, struck by a sense of hope!

Probably as misplaced as it has been all season; so continues the emotional rollercoaster of supporting Quins!

Re: Team vs Saracens
InsertQuinsPunHere (IP Logged)
23 March, 2018 13:03
Comparison of teams for this game, and our home game:

    Sarries vs Quins            Quins vs Sarries
    (away)                      (home)

15. Mike Brown                  Mike Brown
14. Alofa Alofa                 Charlie Walker
13. Joe Marchant                Alofa Alofa
12. Jamie Roberts               Jamie Roberts
11. Tim Visser                  Tim Visser
10. Demetri Catrakilis          Marcus Smith
9.  Danny Care                  Danny Care

1.  Mark Lambert                Joe Marler
2.  Joe Gray                    Elia Elia
3.  Kyle Sinckler               Will Collier
4.  Charlie Matthews            George Merrick
5.  James Horwill (c)           James Horwill (c)
6.  Chris Robshaw               Renaldo Bothma
7.  Luke Wallace                Chris Robshaw
8.  James Chisholm              Matt Luamanu

16. Dave Ward                   Dave Ward
17. Joe Marler                  Lewis Boyce
18. Will Collier                Kyle Sinckler
19. Mat Luamanu                 Dino Lamb
20. Jack Clifford               Archie White
21. Dave Lewis                  Jono Kitto
22. Marcus Smith                James Lang
23. Francis Saili               Ross Chisholm


15. Alex Goode                  Alex Goode
14. Liam Williams               Sean Maitland
13. Marcelo Bosch               Marcelo Bosch
12. Brad Barritt                Brad Barritt (c)
11. Sean Maitland               Chris Wyles
10. Alex Lozowski               Owen Farrell
9.  Richard Wigglesworth        Richard Wigglesworth
1.  Richard Barrington          Mako Vunipola
2.  Jamie George                Jamie George
3.  Juan Figallo                Koch
4.  Maro Itoje                  Nick Isiekwe
5.  Dominic Day                 George Kruis
6.  Nick Isiekwe                Maro Itoje
7.  Schalk Burger               Callum Clark
8.  Jackson Wray                Jackson Wray

16. Schalk Brits                Christopher Tolofua
17. Mako Vunipola               Richard Barrington
18. Titi Lamositele             Juan Figallo
19. Ben Earl                    Will Skelton
20. Blair Cowan                 Schalk Burger
21. Ben Spencer                 Ben Spencer
22. Max Malins                  Alex Lozowski
23. Chris Wyles                 Nathan Earle

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