Esterhuizen returns for Premiership Final

Friday, 25th June 2021 @ 12:00

Coaching group name the matchday 23 to contest the Gallagher Premiership title against Exeter Chiefs this weekend

Amongst three changes to the starting side that claimed a historic semi-final win away to Ashton Gate last weekend, Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen bolsters Quins’ midfield for the first time since March having returned from suspension this week. Stepping into the twelve jersey, Australian international Ben Tapuai takes up the 22 jersey on the bench.

Back row James Chisholm also returns to the starting XV this week, having impressed with a try-scoring appearance from the bench last weekend. Tom Lawday takes up the 20 jersey amongst the Impact Players.

The final change to the starting line-up sees wing Cadan Murley start following injury to outside back Aaron Morris in Bristol last week.

Prem Final squad
Commenting, Harlequins’ General Manager Billy Millard said: “Before a ball has been kicked in anger this weekend, I want to go on the record stating how proud I am of this side.

“This is a special group with the ability to do exceptional things.

“We know Exeter offer us a very different challenge to the one we came up against in Bristol last weekend. We’ve done our due diligence and have worked hard on our physical and mental preparation this week.

“This is an exciting time for the Club and we will be sure to make the most of every moment.”

Harlequins Starting XV
1. Joe Marler (225)
2. Scott Baldwin (43)
3. Wilco Louw (28)
4. Matt Symons (63)
5. Stephan Lewies (35) - Captain
6. James Chisholm (112)
7. Jack Kenningham (12)
8. Alex Dombrandt (76)
9. Danny Care (306)
10. Marcus Smith (110)
11. Cadan Murley (47)
12. Andre Esterhuizen (18)
13. Joe Marchant (113)
14. Louis Lynagh (13)
15. Tyrone Green (21)

Impact Players
16. Joe Gray (173)
17. Santiago Garcia Botta (37)
18. Will Collier (188)
19. Dino Lamb (48)
20. Tom Lawday (39)
21. Martin Landajo (37)
22. Ben Tapuai (45)
23. Luke Northmore (27)

Unavailable for selection:
Mike Brown, Sam Riley

Unavailable due to injury:
Aaron Morris, Jordan Els, Oscar Beard, Paul Lasike, Will Evans

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