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Preview: Scarlets v Harlequins

17th January 2014 09:49

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Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea makes two changes to his starting lineup for Sunday's Heineken Cup Pool 4 trip to the Scarlets.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague is named on the right wing in place of Charlie Walker who ruptured his pectoral muscle in the match; the winger had surgery this week and is expected to return in April. Sam Smith also misses out due to a dead leg picked up in training.

Karl Dickson, who made his 100th appearance for the club last week partners Nick Evans in the half backs. Scrum-half Danny Care, who picked up a knock last week, will meet up with England on Monday.

In an unchanged forward pack, Chris Robshaw, who was today announced as England Captain for the Six Nations, continues at openside flanker with Luke Wallace and Nick Easter completing the back row.

Among the replacements, Tom Williams will look to make an impact after returning from injury.

Meanwhile, in the Scarlets centres Gareth Maule comes in to partner Welsh international Scott Williams in with Nic Reynolds sidelined with a pectoral injury. Up and coming star Jordan Williams replaces Frazier Climo on the wing whilst Phil John returns to the loosehead prop position. George Earle makes a return to the second-row to partner Jake Ball.

The teams:

Scarlets: 15 Aled Thomas, 14 Kristian Phillips, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Jordan Williams, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Rob McCusker (c), 7 John Barclay, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Jake Ball, 4 George Earle, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Emyr Phillips, 1 Phil John
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Johan Snyman, 20 Josh Turnbull, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Adam Warren, 23 Gareth Owen

Harelquins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Luke Wallace, 5 George Robson, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Will Collier, 2 Dave Ward, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Charlie Matthews, 20 Tom Guest, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Tom Williams

Date: Sunday 19th January
Venue: Parc y Scarlets
Kick-off: 1500 (local and GMT)
Referee: Jerome Garces (Fra)
Assistant referees: Patrick Pechambert, Maxime Chalon (both Fra)
TMO: Jean-Marie Piraveau (Fra)

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