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Harlequins announce squad to play Exeter Chiefs

Harlequins announce squad to play Exeter Chiefs

Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard has made eight changes to the XV for the Premiership Rugby fixture at Sandy Park against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (kick-off: 13:00).

Matt Symons, Marcus Smith and Ben Tapuai are all starters for the match which also sees the return of Luke Wallace from a back injury.

Elia Elia and Will Collier start in the front row alongside Lewis Boyce – a try-scorer in the narrow defeat against Newcastle Falcons at The Stoop last week – Symons returns to action in the second row while Wallace returns to the back row alongside Archie White and Alex Dombrandt, another try-scorer last week.

Niall Saunders makes a very youthful and exciting half-back partnership with Marcus Smith and Cadan Murley gets another opportunity to impress on the right wing following a very good performance against Newcastle. Meanwhile Aaron Morris will captain the team and start at Outside centre with Charlie Walker returning on the left wing.

Gustard said: “The whole squad have trained with an excellent focus all week for this match and several players who have been rested over the past couple of weeks have been champing at the bit to get back out there which is great to see.

“Matt Symons has led by example all season and I know he will be part of a pack that will give everything for the Club as ever. It is also very good to have Luke Wallace back in the side after a frustrating time out with injury and his attitude has been exemplary over the past few weeks.

“Last week against Newcastle was a missed opportunity for the squad having dominated possession and large parts of the game. Our lineout functioned the best it has all season which is testament to the effort Alex Codling gives to the team and the desire and application of the squad to improve.

“The points we conceded last week were because of our errors including an intercepted try which shows again we are a hard team to break down and this will only improve as we grow together this season.

“Once again we have seen improvement in our attack in training and we look forward to demonstrating this on Saturday.”

Harlequins XV to play Exeter Chiefs (kick-off: 13:00)

15. Ross Chisholm (93)
14. Charlie Walker (91)
13. Aaron Morris (Captain, 24)
12. Ben Tapuai (6)
11. Cadan Murley (3)
10. Marcus Smith (36)
9. Niall Saunders (2)

1. Lewis Boyce (21)
2. Elia Elia (23)
3. Will Collier (135)
4. Matt Symons (8)
5. Dino Lamb (14)
6. Archie White (24)
7. Luke Wallace (165)
8. Alex Dombrandt (3)

Game Changers

16. Max Crumpton (6)
17. Nick Auterac (2)
18. Phil Swainston (13)
19. Ben Glynn (24)
20. Dave Ward (149)
21. Dave Lewis (20)
22. Tim Visser (64)
23. Henry Cheeseman (15)

Not considered for selection

Alofa Alofa
Renaldo Bothma
Mike Brown
Rob Buchanan
Danny Care
Demetri Catrakilis
James Chisholm
Jack Clifford
Nathan Earle
James Horwill
Gabriel Ibitoye
Semi Kunatani
James Lang
Paul Lasike
Mat Luamanu
Joe Marchant
Joe Marler
George Merrick
Charlie Mulchrone
Chris Robshaw
Kyle Sinckler
Stan South

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