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- Aviva Premiership
- 15th Sep 2007
- KO 15:30
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 35,000
Quins v London Irish: Teams
Guinness Premiership at Twickenham, Saturday September 15, kick-off 3.30pm
Player to watch: Declan Danaher - Once convinced by Sir Clive Woodward to convert to England, the 27-year-old has yet to build on that early potential. However, he remains a consistent performer for the Exiles and is willing to stuck in at the rucks and mauls.
Match fact: Harlequins have only won one of their opening fixtures in the Premiership since 1997, while the Exiles have tasted victory in their last three - all of which have been part of the Twickenham double header.
Betting: For the latest Guinness Premiership odds, click here.
Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards has set his side a target of building on last season's positive return to the Premiership.
After a season's sabbatical in National One, the Quins adapted to their return to top flight well - but Richards now wants to see more from his side, starting against London Irish on Saturday at Twickenham.
He told the club's official site: "This season we will be looking to build on our mid-table finish in the league last year.
"We have worked hard during pre-season and key players have returned back from injury just in time for the start of the Guinness Premiership campaign.
"London Irish only finished two points above us last year so I think the game tomorrow looks set to be a thrilling encounter.
"They possess a strong attacking side, while under the leadership of their captain Bob Casey they are set to be a very difficult team to play against."
Richards has handed a debut to fly-half Chris Malone, while Hal Luscombe has shaken off his injury to take his place in the midfield.
In the forwards, short-term signing Christophe Laurent is named on the bench with Aston Croall handed the hooking duties, while academy flanker Chris Robshaw is handed his first start.
Nine new faces have been named in the London Irish squad to kick-off their campaign against the Quins.
Mark Ireland, Gary Johnson, Stuart Mackie, Dan Murphy, Dominic Shabbo, Richard Thorpe, Casey Dunning, Jeremy Staunton and Tomas De Vedia will all make their first appearances for the Exiles.
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has been forced into the changes due to the unavailability of a number of players at the World Cup - but it is something he knows a lot of clubs will have to deal with.
He told the club's official site: "We're excited about the new season. The players have been itching to get started and what better way to get going than at Twickenham in the London double header.
"Like many teams we'll have to negotiate the first six Premiership games without eight key players. While we were disappointed to lose Sailosi Tagicakibau earlier this week when he was called into the Samoa squad at the Rugby World Cup, we wish him well.
"We're looking forward to playing in front of our supporters and want to give them a big season.
"That starts on Saturday when we're optimistic that even in the absence of many of our big names we can get the job done!"
Although the Exiles have a number of new names in their line-up, there is still plenty of experience and Nick Kennedy will be making his 100th appearance for the club.
Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Hal Luscombe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Chris Malone, 9 Danny Care, 1 Ceri Jones, 2 Aston Croall, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Ollie Kohn, 5 Jim Evans, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Paul Volley (c), 8 Tom Guest.
Replacements: 16 Christophe Laurent, 17 Ricky Nebbett, 18 Nicolas Spanghero, 19 Phil Davies, 20 Will Skinner, 21 Simon Keogh, 22 Tosh Masson.
London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Mark Ireland, 12 Nils Mordt, 11 Tomas De Vedia, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 Paul Hodgson (c), 1 Tonga Lea'aetoa, 2, David Paice, 3 Faan Rautenbach, 4 Nick Kennedy, 5 Kieran Roche, 6 Declan Danaher, 7 Richard Thorpe, 8 Phil Murphy.
Replacements from: 16 Dan Murphy, 17 Stuart Mackie, 18 Gary Johnson/Bob Casey, 19 Steffon Armitage, 20 Dominic Shabbo, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Shane Geraghty/Eoghan Hickey, 23 Casey Dunning, 24 Tim Curran.
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|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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