Danny Care and James Horwill return to Harlequins XV for Premiership game against Leicester

Danny Care makes comeback for the Quins
Danny Care makes comeback for the Quins

Harlequins have made four changes to the starting line-up for the upcoming round of the Gallagher Premiership clash against Leicester Tigers to be played on Friday.

Danny Care, Will Collier, James Horwill and Joe Marchant all return to the match squad as Harlequins aiming to remain in contention for the play-off spot. Care and Marchant return at scrum-half and outside centre respectively with Horwill returning to second-row.

Gabriel Ibitoye earns promotion from the bench to take the number 14 spot with Charlie Walker shifted to the left wing and as a result, Ross Chisholm drops to the bench where he is joined by Collier.

“Our performances of late have been pleasing as we enter the final stretch of the season," said Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard.

"We have demonstrated throughout the year our resilience and tenacity and in the last two weeks, we have yet again shown how competitive we are with strong outings at Clermont and Exeter.

“At Exeter we created a lot of pressure with our defence, created a lot of space in our attack and dominated them with our scrum.

"We know Leicester pride themselves in this area and have a couple of ‘savvy’ operators so it’s a battle we look forward to and one in which we will trust the referee to officiate the Tigers keenly".


Starting line-up: 15. Mike Brown; 14. Gabriel Ibitoye; 13. Joe Marchant; 12. Ben Tapuai; 11. Charlie Walker; 10. Marcus Smith; 9. Danny Care; 1. Joe Marler; 2. Elia Elia; 3. Kyle Sinckler; 4. Mat Symons; 5. James Horwill (CC); 6. Alex Dombrandt; 7. Chris Robshaw (CC); 8. Jack Clifford.

Replacements: 16. Rob Buchanan; 17. Nic Auterac; 18. Will Collier; 19. Stan South; 20. Semi Kunatani; 21. Sam Hildago-Clyne; 22. James Lang; 23. Ross Chisholm.

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