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Elliott: Handed place on the wing for Bristol

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Anthony Elliott has pipped Craig Morgan to a place on the wing as Bristol look to close in on a place in the last eight.

With Tom Arscott and Lee Robinson both injured, Bristol had options for the No.14 shirt - and with Morgan scoring four tries for the A team on Monday him seemed set to get the nod.

However, with Morgan picking up a slight niggle, head coach Richard Hill has decided to give Elliott his chance.

He said: "We're going to start with Anthony Elliott which is good for him. Craig Morgan, although he scored four tries the other night, picked up a few bangs and a dead leg. He tried to train but couldn't complete the session.

"It's a great opportunity for Anthony Elliott. He's played some rugby with the England Sevens group and enjoyed himself in Dubai and South Africa and is looking very sharp.


"He's got genuine pace and is a big powerful man. For the United, we've seen him run in tries from 60 and 70 metres. He's got what they call sustained pace. If he gets away from you he's gone. Potentially, he's got real talent."

Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards has responded to his side's 17-3 defeat to Bristol by wielding the axe for the return leg of their Heineken Cup pool clash.

Richards knows his side's hopes of reaching the last eight have vanished, however he could still dent Bristol's hopes.

In the backs Mike Brown, De Wet Barry and Ugo Moyne all make way, with Tom Williams switched to full-back and David Strettle moving back to the wing.

Hal Luscombe and Jordan Turner-Hall will team up in the centres, while Simon Keogh earns a start on the wing.

In the pack, there is a new-look front row with prop Aston Croall and Ricky Nebbett making their first starts in Europe, and Tani Fuga handed the hooking duties.

James Percival partners Nicolas Spanghero in the second row, while only Chris Hala'Ufia avoids the axe in the back row. Tom Guest and Will Skinner come in at the expense of Paul Volley and Nick Easter.

Bristol: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Anthony Elliott, 13 Rob Higgitt, 12 Neil Brew, 11 David Lemi, 10 David Hill, 9 Shaun Perry, 1 Darren Crompton, 2 Mark Regan, 3 Jason Hobson, 4 Roy Winters, 5 Sean Hohneck, 6 Matt Salter (c), 7 Joe El Abd, 8 Dan Ward-Smith.
Replacements: 16 David Blaney, 17 Alex Clarke, 18 Gareth Llewellyn, 19 Andrew Blowers, 20 Brian O'Riordan, 21 Jason Strange, 22 Sam Cox.

Harlequins: 15 Tom Williams, 14 David Strettle, 13 Hal Luscombe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Simon Keogh, 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Danny Care, 1 Aston Croall, 2 Tani Fuga, 3 Ricky Nebbett, 4 James Percival, 5 Nicolas Spanghero, 6 Chris Hala'Ufia, 7 Will Skinner (c), 8 Tom Guest.
Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Ceri Jones, 18 Jim Evans, 19 Paul Volley, 20 Phil Davies, 21 Steve So'oialo, 22 Tosh Masson.

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