Esterhuizen set for Harlequins debut

Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen is set to make his long-awaited debut for Harlequins off the bench against London Irish on Wednesday.

Esterhuizen has been included in the match-day squad as Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard has rung the changes to their starting lineup.

The 26-year-old joined Harlequins from the Sharks earlier this year, but has had his debut delayed after complications in getting his visa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Wilco Louw and Tyrone Green, who both also joined Harlequins during the enforced break, are still unavailable for selection.

Springbok lock Stephan Lewies and tighthead prop Simon Kerrod will both start for Harlequins as the London-based club looks to bounce back from a disappointing defeat by Bath last weekend.

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, 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Dino Lamb, 3 Simon Kerrod, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Subs: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Will Collier, 19 George Hammond, 20 Archie White, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Ross Chisholm.

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