Declan Kidney has confirmed the squad for Sunday’s derby clash with Harlequins at the Gtech Community Stadium in Round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership (3pm kick-off).
Will Goodrick-Clarke, Agustin Creevy and Oliver Hoskins are in the front row, with Rob Simmons and Adam Coleman in the second row.
Matt Rogerson captains the side from the six jersey and is joined in the back row by Tom Pearson and Chandler Cunningham-South.
Ben White and Paddy Jackson link up to form the halfback duo, and Rory Jennings partners Benhard van Rensburg in the centres.
Michael Dykes, Lucio Cinti and James Stokes complete the line-up as the back three.
“Whenever these two clubs pitch up against one another, it always creates a good game of rugby,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.
“I know that we are expecting a good crowd at the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday, and they will inevitably create a great atmosphere.
“We need to make sure that we put in a full 80-minute performance to give our supporters a reason to show their voice. Harlequins are a well-drilled side, and we know it will be a difficult challenge this weekend, but one we look forward to.”
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Fullbacks : 15 James Stokes,
Winger: 14 Lucio Cinti,
Centres: 13 Benhard van Rensburg, 12 Rory Jennings,
Winger: 11 Michael Dykes,
Outhalf 10 Paddy Jackson, Scrum half 9 Ben White,
Front row: 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Oliver Hoskins,
Second row: 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman,
Back row: 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Tom Pearson, 8 Chandler Cunningham-South.
Replacements:16 Mike Willemse, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 Henry Arundell.