NEC Harlequins travel to the Madejski Stadium on Sunday (4th April) looking to end a run of three successive defeats in the Zurich Premiership when they face their arch-rivals London Irish, kick-off 3.00pm.
Both teams go into the game with 42 league points to their name, with Irish sitting one place above Quins in the table in sixth place. The outcome of Sunday's contest could go a long way to deciding whether either club will secure home advantage in the end of season Zurich Wild Card play-offs.
Quins have won the last three league encounters against the Exiles and their 16-6 win at the Madejski Stadium last March, was the teams first away win in the Premiership for two years. Quins won 15-10 when the sides met at the Stoop back in September at the start of the season.
Mark Evans is set to make six changes to the side that started in last Saturday's (27th March) 23-20 defeat at home to Leicester Tigers. Paul Burke and George Harder have recovered from shoulder injuries and will replace Andy Dunne and Simon Keogh respectively.
Will Greenwood and Pat Sanderson are back from international duty, with Greenwood starting in the centre ahead of Josh Taumalolo and Sanderson taking over in the back row in place of the injured Ace Tiatia.
The other changes see Simon Miall come in for the injured Karl Rudzki in the second row and Jon Dawson start at tight head prop instead of Laurent Gomez, who drops to the bench. Jason Leonard is still out with a foot injury.
Quins will face a number of familiar faces at the Madejski on Sunday. Nick Greenstock starts in the centre for the Exiles alongside Geoff Appleford, while Mark Mapletoft and Chris Sheasby are both on the bench.
London Irish: 15. Michael Horak, 14. Paul Sackey, 13. Geoff Appleford, 12. Nick Greenstock, 11. Justin Bishop, 10. Barry Everitt, 9. Darren Edwards, 1. Neal Hatley , 2. Naka Drotske, 3. Rob Hardwick, 4. Ryan Strudwick (Capt.), 5. Bob Casey, 6. Declan Danaher, 7. Kieron Dawson, 8. Phil Murphy
Replacements: 16. Doug Wheatley, 17. Adrian Flavin, 18. Paul Gustard, 19. Kieran Roche, 20. Chris Sheasby, 21. Kevin Barrett, 22. Mark Mapletoft
NEC Harlequins: 15. Gavin Duffy, 14. George Harder, 13. Will Greenwood, 12. Mel Deane, 11. Ugo Monye, 10. Paul Burke, 9. Ben Willis, 1. Mike Worsley, 2. Tani Fuga, 3. Jon Dawson, 4. Simon Miall, 5. Jim Evans, 6. Pat Sanderson,
7. Andre Vos (Capt.), 8. Tony Diprose
Replacements: 16. James Hayter, 17. Ceri Jones, 18. Laurent Gomez, 19. Bill Davison, 20. Roy Winters, 21. Simon Keogh, 22. Andy Dunne
* 27th September 2003, Zurich Premiership, NEC Harlequins 15-10 London Irish, The Stoop
* 16th March 2003, Zurich Premiership, London Irish 6-16 NEC Harlequins, Madejski Stadium
* 21st September 2002, Zurich Premiership, NEC Harlequins 29-19 London Irish, The Stoop
* 14th April 2002, Zurich Premiership, London Irish 18-18 NEC Harlequins, The Stoop
* 9th March 2002, Powergen Cup Semi-Final, NEC Harlequins 27-32 London Irish, The Stoop
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.