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Harlequins name matchday squad for Wasps Champions Cup clash

Harlequins name matchday squad for Wasps Champions Cup clash

Harlequins has named the matchday 23 to face Wasps in Round 5 of the European Rugby Champions Cup at The Stoop on Saturday (kick-off 17:30).

There are five changes to the starting 15 that lost out by the narrowest of margins to Sale Sharks last weekend.

Mike Brown returns as vice-captain while James Lang will make his European debut in place of Marcus Smith, who signed a long-term contract with the Club this week.

In the forwards Lewis Boyce and Renaldo Bothma come in, while Archie White is named at openside flanker as Chris Robshaw picked up a minor knock in training this week.

Occupying either wing, Charlie Walker (five) and Tim Visser (four) will look to continue their fine form with the two wingers combining for nine tries since the start of December.

Ahead of the match, Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: “While we still have a number of players missing, we have finally managed some continuity of availability, over the last few games, and I am keen to build on that.

“There are always areas of our game which need working on, and the next two matches – starting on Saturday against Wasps – will give us that opportunity against top class opposition.”

Harlequins team to play Wasps (Harlequins appearances)

15 Mike Brown (Vice-captain, 292)
14 Charlie Walker (81)
13 Alofa Alofa (44)
12 Jamie Roberts (45)
11 Tim Visser (51)
10 James Lang (13)
9 Danny Care (237)
1 Lewis Boyce (11)
2 Dave Ward (Captain, 133)
3 Kyle Sinckler (112)
4 George Merrick (75)
5 Ben Glynn (15)
6 James Chisholm (46)
7 Archie White (11)
8 Renaldo Bothma (5)

16 Elia Elia (11)
17 Mark Lambert (221)
18 Phil Swainston (6)
19 Charlie Matthews (153)
20 Mat Luamanu (57)
21 Dave Lewis (6)
22 Marcus Smith (17)
23 Ross Chisholm (84)

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