NEC Harlequins will start the defence of their Zurich A League title away to Saracens on Monday 6th September 2004. A week later (Monday 13th September) and we will be at home to Gloucester at the Stoop, which will be followed by the visit of Bath a fortnight later (Monday 27th September). Quins will also face London Wasps and London Irish in the southern conference.
Under the leadership of Luke Sherriff, Quins were comprehensive winners of the inaugural Zurich A League last season, defeating Northampton Saints 72-28 over the two legs in the final. Indeed, Quins only lost two of their ten league fixtures last season in a tournament that saw them record resounding victories over Saracens (92-10), Wasps (64-22) and Gloucester (62-24).
The 2004/05 Zurich A League fixtures are as follows:
Monday 6th September 2004 - Saracens Vs NEC Harlequins Monday 13th September 2004 - NEC Harlequins Vs Gloucester
Monday 27th September 2004 - NEC Harlequins Vs Bath
Monday 4th October 2004 - London Irish Vs NEC Harlequins
Monday 18th October 2004 - London Wasps Vs NEC Harlequins
Monday 8th November 2004 - NEC Harlequins Vs Saracens
Monday 15th November 2004 - Gloucester Vs NEC Harlequins Monday 29th November 2004 - NEC Harlequins Vs London Irish
Monday 24th January 2005 - NEC Harlequins Vs London Wasps
Monday 28th March 2005 - Bath Vs NEC Harlequins
Monday 4th April 2005 - Reserve week
Monday 11th April 2005 - Zurich A Final First Leg
Monday 25th April 2005 - Zurich A Final Second Leg
Quins are hoping to play all their home fixtures at the Stoop, kick-off 7.30pm. However, we will update you here on the website of any changes to the above and indeed provide details of where the away fixtures will be held.
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.