This Saturday afternoon NEC Harlequins face Cetransa El Salvador in their 1st Round 2nd Leg game in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup, having won the first leg in Northern Spain 31 - 18, in front of a packed crowd at The Stoop.
Mark Evans NEC Harlequins Chief Executive has made just three changes to the team that travelled to Spain last weekend. After three months out with injury George Harder returns to the team on the wing, which will allow Simon Keogh to start at scrum half for the first time since he joined Quins in the summer. Also in the backline Chris Bell takes over the number 13 shirt from Josh Taumalolo who picked up a knock to his knee last weekend, and our medical team are currently awaiting the result of a scan on his knee to discover the seriousness of this injury. In the forwards Ace Tiatia starts at blindside flanker with Roy Winters moving up to the second row replacing Jim Evans who drops to the bench.
While NEC Harlequins look to complete their win over the Spanish champions, they will have one eye on all the other results in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup as they wait to see which teams will qualify as the 'lucky losers' who they are drawn to face in the second round. After the results of the first leg it looks as though the favourites to play NEC Harlequins over the weekends of the 10/11 and 17/18 January are French side's Mountaban or Beziers, Irish side Connacht, or possibly the Italians from Parma. However, we will not know until Monday when all the results are in and the 'lucky losers' draw has been completed by ERC.
At the Stoop on Saturday there is a near sell out crowd, and a very special guest, The Webb Ellis Trophy, The Rugby World Cup
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