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Saxon returns to boost Harlequins’ hopes

10:31 11 February 2012

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O'Shea

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Matt Hopper returns for Quins

Harlequins make a return to the Aviva Premiership this weekend as they face London Irish at The Stoop on Saturday.

Ross Chisholm starts at full back with Sam Smith and Tom Williams on the wings.

Matt Hopper will slot in at centre on his return from England Saxons duty and will be joined by Tom Casson with Nick Evans returning at fly half and Danny Care at scrum half.

Mark Lambert, Joe Gray and James Johnston make up the front row and, in the second, Olly Kohn links up with George Robson, named by Conor O’Shea as captain in the absence of Chris Robshaw who captains England in Rome.

The back row sees the configuration of Tom Guest, Luke Wallace and Nick Easter to complete the 15-man squad.

On the bench Chris Brooker, Tim Fairborther and Aston Croall provide front row cover with Tomas Vallejos and Will Skinner providing back up for the remainder of the pack.

Karl Dickson is the replacement scrum half as Rory Clegg and George Lowe covering the rest of the back line.

Harlequins: Chisholm, Williams, Hopper, Casson, Smith, Evans, Care Lambert, Gray, Johnston, Kohn, Robson, Guest, Wallace, Easter

Replacements: Brooker, Croall, Fairbrother, Vallejos, Skinner, Dickson, Clegg, Lowe

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