Worcester: NEC Harlequins (A), Sale (H), Bath (A), Saracens (H), Newcastle (A), Wasps (A), Northampton (H)
Leeds Tykes: Sale (A), Saracens (H), Wasps (A), Leicester (H), Gloucester (A), NEC Harlequins (H), Bath (A)
London Irish: Saracens (A), Wasps (H), Leicester (A), Gloucester (H), NEC Harlequins (A), Bath (H), Newcastle (A)
As you can see from the above, there are some huge fixtures between now and the end of the season involving the clubs in the bottom five positions of the Zurich Premiership table. Every game will be vital, but at the same time nothing will be decided this weekend whatever the results.
This Saturday (19th February) we face Worcester Warriors at the Stoop, kick-off 2.00pm, in one of those vital games. Worcester are a good team, very well coached by John Brain and Andy Keast. They are well organised, have a good lineout and one of the best scrummages in the league.
One look at the Zurich Premiership stats and you will see Craig Gilles at the top of the lineout wins, and of course they have ex-Quins Pat Sanderson, Matt Powell and Tim Collier, all of whom will be keen to make an impression on Saturday afternoon.
Returning from injury and to the squad this weekend will be Tani Fuga (who will replace the suspended Ace Tiatia), George Harder and Dafydd James. We are very fortunate at the moment with the small number of injuries that we have.
The players missing are Will Greenwood, Andy Dunne, Maurice Fitz Gerald and Adrian Jarvis, and we would expect Will, Andy and Adrian to all be back in action before the end of March if they continue to progress at their current rate.
Earlier this week we agreed to let Joe Mbu sign a new contract with London Wasps. Joe played well in the Zurich A games for us this season since arriving from Bath in the summer, but with George Harder, Ugo Monye, Simon Keogh and Henry Barratt all ahead of him, his opportunities at first team level were limited.
As Mark alluded to on Tuesday evening in his open forum at the Stoop, we have been looking for short-term cover for the fly half position with both Andy Dunne and Adrian Jarvis unavailable at the moment. Unfortunately, Government changes to the eligibility of professional sportsman to apply for Working Holiday Visa's announced last week meant that one of the options we had was no longer available to us.
There is no doubt that it is an important game on Saturday against Worcester. The support you gave the team against Gloucester two weeks ago, particularly in the second half, was tremendous. We are all looking forward to hearing a similar response at 2.00pm on Saturday
P.S. - Sophie, can you make sure that you bring your Quins flag; it worked against Gloucester so it is bound to work again this Saturday!!!
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.