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Care and Marler out as Cunningham-South returns for Quins vs Bordeaux

By Josh Raisey
Danny Care of Harlequins chats to Joe Marler during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Wasps and Harlequins at Ricoh Arena on January 31, 2021 in Coventry, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

The England duo of Joe Marler and Danny Care will not feature for Harlequins in the Investec Champions Cup quarter-final against Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday, with director of rugby Billy Millard opting to rest them.

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After an intense schedule so far in 2024, where the pair were straight back into action following England’s Guinness Six Nations campaign, Quins have opted to keep them at home for the trip to the Stade Chaban-Delmas.

The side will be boosted by the return of Chandler Cunningham-South, who will be making his comeback from the calf injury sustained in England’s Six Nations victory over Ireland in March. He returns to the starting XV alongside Will Porter, who is taking the place of Care.

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Jarrod Evans and centre Luke Northmore will also be returning, and will take their place on the bench against a Bordeaux outfit that swept Saracens aside last week.

A positive for the visitors is that they will be against a Bordeaux side that are still without France fly-half Matthieu Jalibert, although that did not hamper them too much against Saracens.

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Investec Champions Cup
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After naming his side, Millard said: “We’re embracing the challenge on Saturday. Quarter-final rugby is special and our boys are excited to test themselves against a good opponent in a tough environment.

“The guys selected have worked hard for this opportunity, they’re hungry to perform and we have confidence in our squad to challenge for the result.”

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Harlequins XV
1. Fin Baxter
2. Jack Walker
3. Will Collier
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Stephan Lewies (Captain)
6. Chandler Cunningham-South
7. Will Evans 8. Alex Dombrandt
9. Will Porter
10. Marcus Smith
11. Cadan Murley
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Oscar Beard
14. Louis Lynagh
15. Tyrone Green

Replacements
16. Sam Riley
17. Simon Kerrod
18. Dillon Lewis
19. Irne Herbst
20. George Hammond
21. Max Green
22. Jarrod Evans
23. Luke Northmore

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