John Yapp makes his first start for London Irish in the front row alongside David Paice and Leo Halavatau. Skivington is joined in the second row by Kieran Low who moves forward from the back row with Blair Cowan, Ofisa Treviranus and Chris Hala’ufia making up the back row.
Tomás O’Leary and Shane Geraghty are named in the halves with Eamonn Sheridan and Fergus Mulchrone forming the centre partnership. Alex Lewington, Marland Yarde and Topsy Ojo make up the back three.
Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: “We’ve had a good week in training and the boys are keen to bounce back from the loss last Saturday. Harlequins will provide another big test for us but we’re ready for it and we’ll fight with everything we’ve got to get the win.”
London Irish team to face Harlequins:
15. Topsy Ojo*; 14. Marland Yarde*; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Alex Lewington; 10. Shane Geraghty*; 9. Tomás O’Leary*; 1. John Yapp*; 2. David Paice*; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Kieran Low; 6. Blair Cowan; 7. Ofisa Treviranus*; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17 Matt Parr; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19.Ian Gough*; 20. Jebb Sinclair*; 21. Sailosi Tagicakibau* 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Darren Allinson