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Greenwood returns for Quins’ trip to Sale

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Greenwood returns to the number thirteen shirt in place of Chris Bell who starts on the bench.

Other changes see George Harder return to the wing partnering Simon Keogh after Ugo Monye returned from his England's victorious Sevens jaunt in South Africa with lower back and hamstring problems.

Scott Bemand starts at scrum-half due to Ben Willis call-up for the New Zealand Barbarians' Zurich World Champion Challenge match against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

In the forwards Roy Winters comes into the back row for Pat Sanderson who is also involved in the Twickenham game, and Ceri Jones continues at loose head prop for the injured Mike Worsley with Jason Leonard on the bench.

"This is the first of three difficult away games for us" said Quins boss Mark Evans.

"I have a lot of respect for the way that Sale play and for the quality of players that they have.

"We know that we will face at very difficult task at Edgeley Road on Friday evening, they have a strong pack who carry the ball well, as well as some very skillful, fast running backs.

"We have a couple of injuries to Paul Burke, Ugo Monye and Mike Worsley but we would hope that all of these players will be back in action very soon.

"We want to continue to challenge in the top half of the table so these next three games starting with Sale on Friday evening are very important to us."

Sale are currently lying in fifth place in the table, and are only place and one point above Quins.

NEC Harlequins: 15 Gavin Duffy, 14 George Harder, 13 Will Greenwood, 12 Mel Deane, 11 Simon Keogh, 10 Andy Dunne, 9 Scott Bemand,8 Tony Diprose, 7 Andre Vos, 6 Roy Winters, 5 Jim Evans, 4 Bill Davison, 3 Jon Dawson, 2 Tani Fuga, 1 Ceri Jones.Replacement: 16 James Hayter, 17 Jason Leonard, 18 Laurent Gomez, 19 Karl Rudzki, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Adrian Jarvis, 22 Chris Bell.

Kick-off: 19.45


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