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Scarlets v Harlequins preview

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea has made two changes to his starting line-up 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 has ruptured his pectoral muscle - 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 sustained a knock last week, will meet up with England on Monday.

In an unchanged forward pack, Chris Robshaw, who was on Friday announced as England captain for the forthcoming Six Nations championship, 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 with Nic Reynolds also sidelined with a pectoral injury.

Up and coming star Jordan Williams replaces Frazier Climo on the wing, whilst Phil John returns at loosehead. George Earle gets the nod in the second-row to partner Jake Ball.

"The pleasing thing is that we've given ourselves a chance to get into the quarter-finals," Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby said.

"We would have liked to stay in the Heineken, Cup but the efforts of the players last weekend against Racing Metro have given us a chance of getting into the Amlin.

"We recorded a great win over Harlequins at The Stoop in the first round of the competition. Certain things went the right way for us that day, and we played some really good rugby.

"It was a good game, we attacked really well and our defence stood up against Quins, who are one of the best attacking forces in European rugby."

Scarlets: 15 Thomas, 14 K Phillips, 13 Maule, 12 S Williams, 11 J Williams, 10 Priestland, 9 Davies; 1 John, 2 E Phillips, 3 Lee, 4 Earle, 5 Ball, 6 Shingler, 7 Barclay, 8 McCusker (c).

Replacements: 16 Owens, 17 Evans, 18 Adriaanse, 19 Snyman, 20 Turnbull, 21 Williams, 22 Warren, 23 Owen.

Harlequins:15 Brown, 14 Lindsay-Hague, 13 Hopper, 12 Molenaar, 11 Monye, 10 Evans, 9 Dickson; 1 Marler, 2 Ward, 3 Collier, 4 Kennedy, 5 Robson, 6 Wallace, 7 Robshaw (c), 8 Easter.

Replacements: 16 Gray, 17 Lambert, 18 Doran Jones, 19 Matthews, 20 Guest, 21 Stuart, 22 Botica, 23 Williams.