Harlequins v Wasps Premiership Preview

Harlequins host Wasps at the Twickenham Stoop

Aviva Premiership Rugby Club Harlequins have named British and Irish Lion Adam Jones, former Australian captain James Horwill and number 8 Mat Luamanu to make their debut for the club against Wasps at the Sttop.

Lions prop Adam Jones will make his senior debut for the Club on Friday and is joined in the front row with Mark Lambert and Dave Ward, while Sam Twomey partners Horwill in the second row.

Jack Clifford and Luke Wallace complete the forward pack alongside Luamanu.

In the backs, Karl Dickson starts at scrum-half with fly-half Nick Evans named as captain.

Harry Sloan and George Lowe make up the midfield pairing as Marland Yarde, Charlie Walker and Ollie Lindsay-Hague feature in the back three.

Among the replacements, Joe Marler, Nick Easter and Mike Brown are named after returning from England duty during Rugby World Cup 2015.

Club captain Danny Care suffered a back spasm following England’s victory over Uruguay and was not considered for selection. Care, alongside Chris Robshaw, will be available for selection next week for the trip to Leicester Tigers.

Harlequins’ only defeat on the opening weekend of a Aviva Premiership Rugby season since 2006 was to Wasps in the London Double Header in 2009.

Quins finished off the 2014/15 campaign with a pair of defeats, at home to Bath and away at Newcastle Falcons.

Wasps have not been victorious in round 1 since beating Saracens 20-15 at Twickenham in 2011.

Wasps were winless in their final two encounters of Aviva Premiership Rugby last season, going down 21-26 to Leicester in Coventry and drawing 40-all with London Irish at Reading.

The two clubs clashed for times last season, with each side winning its respective home game in Aviva Premiership Rugby, but the away side triumphant in the two European Champions Cup encounters.

Wasps have won just once at the Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby since March 2007: 17-16 on 9th February 2013.

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named three new signings make their competitive debuts in black and gold, with George Smith, Jimmy Gopperth and Brendan Macken in the starting XV, while fellow new signing Dan Robson is also named among the replacements.

Dai Young and his squad are looking forward to the competitive action starting, after a long build-up to the new season, and fully expect another tight contest: “Quins versus Wasps games are always nail-biting, nervy encounters, which tend to go down to the wire,” said Wasps’ Director of Rugby.

“Both teams like to play attractive, ball in hand, attacking rugby. They’re normally pretty high-scoring games and not ones that defence coaches always enjoy! Both team’s defence coaches tend to be pulling their hair out and both Conor and myself often end up biting our nails to the core because it’s normally nip and tuck.

“For the neutral supporter, they are normally great games to watch. For Wasps and Quins fans, it’s probably a little bit more nerve-wracking. But it’s a really good game for the opening night of the season.

“The Stoop has a fantastic atmosphere and Quins also have a lot of new players, so it will be interesting to see where they are at the start of the season as well. We’ve had a long pre-season, during which time we’ve had some real positives but also some things to work on, so it will be great just to get the season underway.”

Wasps face a tough start to their 2015/16 Aviva Premiership campaign with Harlequins away followed by Premiership finalists Bath at home, Leicester Tigers away and Gloucester at home, before the switch to the European Champions Cup.

“It doesn’t get much tougher,” added Young, “but then the Aviva Premiership is set to be even more competitive than it was last season, and last season was the most competitive it has been to date. If you were to sit down and try to identify games you would pick to start, you’d have a headache as there aren’t any easy games at all. Any team in the league can beat any other. That’s how tight it’s going to be.”

Ashley Johnson starts at hooker.

Match : Harlequins v Wasps
Date : Friday 16th October
Venue : Twickenham Stoop
Kick Off : 7.45pm
Live on: N.A
Match Officials
Referee :Luke Pearce (40th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Simon McConnell.
TMO: Sean Davey.



15. Ollie Lindsay-Hague , 14. Marland Yarde , 13. George Lowe , 12. Harry Sloan , 11. Charlie Walker , 10. Nick Evans (C) , 9. Karl Dickson, 8. Mat Luamanu, 7. Luke Wallace , 6. Jack Clifford , 5. Sam Twomey , 4. James Horwill , 3. Adam Jones, 2. Dave Ward ,1. Mark Lambert

Replacements : 16. Joe Gray , 17. Joe Marler , 18. Kyle Sinckler , 19. Charlie Matthews , 20. Nick Easter , 21. Tito Tebaldi , 22. Ben Botica , 23. Mike Brown


15. Rob Miller , 14. Christian Wade , 13. Elliot Daly , 12. Brendan Macken , 11. Josh Bassett , 10. Jimmy Gopperth , 9. Joe Simpson, 8. Nathan Hughes, 7. George Smith , 6. Sam Jones , 5. James Gaskell , 4. James Cannon , 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 2. Ashley Johnson, 1. Matt Mullan (c)

Replacments :16. Carlo Festuccia , 17. Simon McIntyre , 18. Phil Swainston , 19. Kearnan Myall , 20. Thomas Young , 21. Dan Robson , 22. Ruaridh Jackson , 23. Sailosi Tagicakibau

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