Preview: Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs

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    Round Nine of Premiership Rugby gets underway on Friday night when Harlequins play host to table-toppers Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stoop.

    Kyle Sinckler returns to the Harlequins starting XV following his man-of-the-match performance for England against Australia last weekend.

    The tighthead prop re-joins the Quins front-row alongside Joe Marler and Dave Ward for this fixture.

    The rest of the forwards remain unchanged from the side that lined up against Worcester Warriors last weekend.
    With James Chisholm again leading the side at number eight.

    Gabriel Ibitoye makes a welcome return from injury on the wing in a backline which sees Danny Care and James Lang start.
    As half-backs and Francis Saili at inside centre.

    Meanwhile, Exeter Chiefs’ director of rugby Rob Baxter has stuck with a largely unchanged side from that which saw off Gloucester last weekend.

    The pack of forwards remains untouched, while there are three changes in the backline.

    There are starts for Joe Simmonds at fly-half, Sam Hill in the centre.
    Plus a Premiership debut for winger Tom O’Flaherty. Simmonds takes over from Gareth Steenson while Hill comes in for Ollie Devoto and O’Flaherty replaces Santiago Cordero.

    Steenson and Devoto have been included on the Chiefs’ replacements bench.

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