2019-20 Premiership Rugby – London Irish vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is London Irish vs Harlequins taking place? Wednesday 9th September, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is London Irish vs Harlequins taking place? Twickenham Stoop, London

What is the expected weather for London Irish vs Harlequins? 19c cloudy

Where can I get tickets for London Irish vs Harlequins? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is London Irish vs Harlequins on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream London Irish vs Harlequins? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

TEAM NEWS

London Irish: 15 James Stokes, 14 Dan Norton, 13 Ross Neal, 12 Phil Cokanasiga, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Jacob Atkins, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 7 Josh Smart, 6 Jack Cooke (c), 5 Chunya Munga, 4 Ben Donnell, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 2 Matt Cornish, 1 Allan Dell

Replacements: 16 Ben Atkins, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 George Nott, 20 Izaiha Moore-Aiono, 21 Caolan Englefield, 22 Brendan Macken, 23 Tom Homer

Harlequins: 15 Aaron Morris, 14 Cadan Murley, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 James Lang, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Scott Steele, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Dino Lamb, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Will Collier, 19 George Hammond, 20 Archie White, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Ross Chisholm

THE PREDICTION

London Irish have lost all five of their matches since the restart which takes their losing run to seven matches in the Premiership and four of their losses since the resumption have been by a margin of 13 points or more. They welcome Harlequins who have failed to find any real consistency since they returned to action and are coming off a 41-27 loss to Bath which virtually waves goodbye to hopes of reaching the top four now. They will be motivated to bounce back here though especially against a young London Irish side. It may not be as easy as many expect however with London Irish playing for pride and they could keep the score respectable at the very least even in defeat.

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