Quins name team to face Leicester

Friday, 3rd December 2021 @ 12:00

Harlequins coaching group make four changes to starting XV for Tigers trip

Fly-half Marcus Smith and number eight Alex Dombrandt start for the first time after starring in England’s Autumn Internationals.

Other changes to the starting line-up see Scotland international Huw Jones start his first Gallagher Premiership fixture in the centres, with wing Louis Lynagh playing for the first time since October as he returns from injury.

Off the back of being named the Premiership Land Rover player of the round last week for a two-try performance against London Irish, Harlequins Academy back Oscar Beard is retained in the matchday 23, taking up his place alongside scrum-half Lewis Gjaltema in a 6-2 bench split for the men in the Famous Quarters.

Previewing this weekend’s trip to Leicester, Attack and Backs Coach Nick Evans said: “We’re expecting a big challenge against Leicester this week. Their power game and set-piece is very good.

“We have talked about getting our mentality right and they are top of the league for a reason and we see this as an opportunity to bounce back from last week’s loss.

“They are a quality outfit and you expect someone like Steve (Borthwick) to make sure their set-piece is right and he has brought that mentality of Leicester of old back. We are going to test ourselves against the best team in the competition and we always back ourselves and we have to create scenarios with the ball where we put them under stress and put our game on the park.”

Harlequins Starting XV
1. Joe Marler
2. Jack Walker
3. Will Collier
4. Dino Lamb
5. Stephan Lewies – Captain
6. James Chisholm
7. Jack Kenningham
8. Alex Dombrandt
9. Danny Care
10. Marcus Smith
11. Cadan Murley
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Huw Jones
14. Louis Lynagh
15. Tyrone Green

Impact Players
16. Jack Musk
17. Santiago Garcia Botta
18. Simon Kerrod
19. Hugh Tizard
20. Viliami Taulani
21. Tom Lawday
22. Lewis Gjaltema
23. Oscar Beard

Unavailable due to injury:
Aaron Morris, Fin Baxter, Joe Gray, Joe Marchant, Jordan Els, Luke Northmore, Matt Symons Paul Lasike, Sam Riley, Scott Steele, Tommy Allan, Wilco Louw, Will Evans

Cadan Murley says people forget how young the squad is at Quins and that there is so much more to come from this group of players.

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