Harlequins v Saracens Premiership Preview

Harlequins winger Tom Williams will make his 200th competitive appearance for the club as he starts in an unchanged starting team that will face Saracens at the Twickenham Stoop.

Nick Easter continues in the second row with George Robson. Captain Chris Robshaw leads the team from openside flanker and is joined in the back row with Maurie Fa’asavalu and Tom Guest.

In the backs, Tom Casson continues his centre partnership with George Lowe, while Danny Care and Nick Evans are named at half backs.

The one change to last week’s squad is in the replacements as Matt Hopper is named in place of Sam Smith., , Jordan Turner-Hall saw a specialist and required surgery on a hip injury last Saturday.

The centre is expected to be out until the New Year and joins Joe Gray, Paul Doran Jones, Charlie Matthews, Nick Kennedy, Sam Twomey, Ross Chisholm, Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Sam Stuart and Harry Sloan on the list of those who are unavailable for selection due to injury.

Harlequins got back to winning ways last Friday at Worcester with a 37-13 victory, however last time out at Twickenham Stoop they were defeated 6-13 by Northampton and have not lost back to back games at the venue since February 2010.

Saracens have made the perfect start to the Aviva Premiership Rugby season with three maximum point hauls – no club has ever begun a Premiership season with four bonus point wins.

This is already Saracens best start to a Premiership campaign since they won their opening eight encounters in 2009/10.

Harlequins have defeated Saracens just once in their last eight fixtures: 24-19 at Wembley Stadium in March 2012.

Saracens have won on five of their last six visits to The Stoop.

Mark McCall has made only one change to the starting team that beat Bath last weekend, with Kelly Brown replacing Ernst Joubert in the back row.

Brown starts his first game for Saracens this season, after recovering from an ankle injury – the Scot takes his place in the back-row at Blindside Flanker alongside Jacques Burger, and Bill Vunipola at No.8.

George Kruis keeps his place at lock, whilst in the backs the back-line remained unchanged from the seven that played against Bath.

Jackson Wray is back in the mix, named as a substitute as Nick Auterac, Michael Tagicaikibau and Jack Wilson all come into the match-day 23 for the first time this season.

Match : Harlequins v Saracens
Date : Saturday 28th September
Venue : Twickenham Stoop,
Kick Off : 3.15pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
Referee
: Martin Fox (94th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey and Andy Watson
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

Harlequins

15. Mike Brown, 14. Tom Williams, 13. George Lowe, 12. Tom Casson, 11. Ugo Monye, 10. Nick Evans, 9. Danny Care, 8. Tom Guest, 7. Chris Robshaw (C), 6. Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5. George Robson, 4. Nick Easter, 3. Will Collier, 2. Rob Buchanan,1. Joe Marler

Replacements; 16. Dave Ward, 17. Mark Lamber, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. George Merrick, 20. Luke Wallace, 21. Karl Dickson, 22. Ben Botica, 23. Matt Hopper

Saracens

1. M. Vunipola, 2. Brits, 3. Stevens, 4. Borthwick (c), 5. Kruis, 6. Brown, 7. Burger, 8. B. Vunipola; 9. Wigglesworth, 10. Farrell; 11. Strettle, 12. Taylor, 13. Wyles, 14. Ashton; 15. Goode

Replacements :16. George, 17. Auterac, 18. Johnston, 19.Hargreaves, 20. Wray, 21. De Kock, 22. Tagicakibau, 23. Wilson

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