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Clifford and Merrick return as Evans and Collier hit milestones

Harlequins has announced the team to play Bath Rugby in Round 9 of the Aviva Premiership at The Stoop on Sunday, kick-off 15:15 (live on BT Sport).

Nick Evans captains the side on his 200th appearance for the Club, with Will Collier starting at tighthead prop for his 100th appearance.

Marland Yarde and Tim Visser have been released from international duty this week and start on the wings.

The forward pack, comprised of the returning Jack Clifford and George Merrick, are all English qualified graduates of the Harlequins Academy.

Speaking ahead of the match Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston, said: “Bath Rugby will present a stern challenge given their particularly good start to the season. That said, we possess a 100 percent record in all competitive matches at The Stoop and we will be doing all that we can to keep this run going.

“It is pleasing to see the return of Jack Clifford and George Merrick alongside the major career milestones for Nick Evans and Will Collier.

“They have both been fantastic servants for Harlequins in recent years.

“James Horwill misses the match this week after sustaining a finger injury against Leicester Tigers. He is expected to return to action next weekend for the visit to Newcastle Falcons.”

Harlequins team

15. Aaron Morris
14. Marland Yarde
13. Alofa Alofa
12. Joe Marchant
11. Tim Visser
10. Nick Evans (C)
9. Karl Dickson

1. Mark Lambert
2. Rob Buchanan
3. Will Collier
4. George Merrick
5. Charlie Matthews
6. James Chisholm
7. Luke Wallace
8. Jack Clifford

16. Dave Ward
17. Dan Murphy
18. Adam Jones
19. Stan South
20. George Naoupu
21. Charlie Mulchrone
22. Tim Swiel
23. Charlie Walker

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