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Quins v Leicester: Teams
At Twickenham, Saturday December 27, ko 4pm, live on Sky Sports 2
It's going to be a big battle, but we have enough guys who know how to get up for big games, so it should be a cracker.
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Harlequins are at full strength for their eagerly anticipated showdown with Leicester, which is live on Sky Sports 2.
England scrum-half Danny Care is back after missing the 23-13 defeat at Northampton last time out in the Guinness Premiership.
Tom Williams is named on the wing and George Robson makes the starting XV in the second row, with Jim Evans on the bench.
Quins and Leicester are both firmly in the hunt for the Premiership play-off positions and 50,000 tickets have been sold for the match at Twickenham.
But the Tigers have won the last 11 meetings between the two in all competitions, including a 27-14 verdict at Welford Road back in November.
Martin Corry comes in for Ben Kay in the second row for Leicester, while England elite squad members Dan Hipkiss, Tom Croft and Jordan Crane are also back in the starting line-up after being rested.
France international Benjamin Kayser comes into the front row, while Scott Hamilton moves to full-back in the absence of the injured Geordan Murphy.
Martin Castrogiovanni and Ben Herring are again included among the replacements after their return from injury in the win over Newcastle Falcons.
Former New Zealand international Aaron Mauger continues at centre and could be a key man after scoring three tries in his last four matches.
"Harlequins have been playing some good rugby," he said. "It's going to be a big battle, but we have enough guys who know how to get up for big games, so it should be a cracker.
"I don't really judge myself on scoring tries.
"I try to judge myself on what I do during the game, and tries are just a bonus. I have been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
"It is good work from the guys around me and that hard work which opens things up."
Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Will Skinner (c), 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Robson, 4 James Percival, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Tani Fuga, 1 Ceri Jones.
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Jim Evans, 19 Tom Guest, 20 Andy Gomarsall, 21 De Wet Barry, 22 Chris Malone.
Leicester: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Johne Murphy, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Matt Smith, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Martin Corry (c), 3 Julian White, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Boris Stankovich
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Martin Castrogiovanni, 18 Craig Newby, 19 Ben Herring, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Seru Rabeni, 22 Tom Varndell.
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|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
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|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
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|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
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|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
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|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
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|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
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|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
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|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
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|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
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|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
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|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
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|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
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|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
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