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Big hitters back for Harlequins

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In the backline, Josh Taumalolo starts at fullback ahead of Gavin Duffy.

Ugo Monye returns from injury on the right-wing to replace Matt Moore, while Chris Bell starts at outside centre, having successfully come through a second XV game against Northampton on Monday evening.

The other change in the backline sees Andy Dunne make his first start at fly-half since joining Quins. He replaces Paul Burke, who suffered a calf injury last week against Sale.

In the forwards, Ace Tiatia returns to the front row ahead of James Hayter, who will start on the bench.

George Harder and Tani Fuga remain on the short-term injury list, but both are expected to return to action within the next two weeks.

"We are delighted to have a number of players back from injury this week," said Quins boss Mark Evans.

"It certainly gave me plenty to think about in terms of selection for our game against Leeds on Friday evening.

"With both George Harder and Tani Fuga also due back soon, we are confident that we can put behind us our two loses against Gloucester and Sale.

"We need to put in a big performance against Leeds, who are a very good side, but the attitude of everyone involved with the team over the last two weeks has been first-class.

"We have a good squad, and I am confident that we will get back to performing well on the pitch very soon."

NEC Harlequins: 15 Josh Taumalolo, 14 Ugo Monye, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Mel Deane, 11 Simon Keogh, 10 Andy Dunne, 9 Ben Willis, 8 Tony Diprose, 7 André Vos, 6 Pat Sanderson, 5 Jim Evans, 4 Bill Davison, 3 Jon Dawson, 2 Ace Tiatia, 1 Mike Worsley. Replacements: 16 James Hayter, 17 Ceri Jones, 18 Laurent Gomez, 19 Karl Rudzki, 20 Roy Winters, 21 Paul Burke, 22 Gavin Duffy.

Kick-off: 20.00


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