Source: Harlequins

McKenzie returns for Quins v Sale under the lights

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Harlequins Head Coach Amy Turner has named her side to travel to CorpAcq Stadium on Saturday to face Sale Sharks in Round two of the Allianz PWR.

Turner makes just three changes to the 23 who beat league newcomers Trailfinders Women last Saturday, as further internationals return to club duties.

The pack remains unchanged, with the all-international second-row partnership of Sarah Bonar and Kaitlan Leaney bringing physicality and power to the engine room.

Following strong performances on debut last week, Silvia Turani, Connie Powell and Abbie Fleming retain their spaces in the pack, with Fleming hoping to back up her try-scoring performance against Trailfinders. Club Captain Jade Konkel will lead the side from number eight.

In the backs, Flo Robinson starts at nine and is partnered by the returning Bella McKenzie who will make her first start of the season at fly-half.

Emily Scott shifts to the wing and will join Ellie Kildunne and Izzy Mayhew in the back three.

Quins’ South African trio of Babalwa Latsha, Danelle Lochner and Aseza Hele are all named amongst the Impact Players, with Lochner and Hele set to make their debuts in the Quarters.

Harlequins Head Coach Amy Turner said: “We were proud of the fight we showed last week to grind out the win against Trailfinders. The first few games are always a challenge with players returning and new combinations getting their first run outs, but we’ve worked hard this week and are building well.

“Sale bring a different challenge, it’s always a physical battle going up there and it’s important we front up to it early on. With the league as competitive as it is this season every game becomes a must win, and a strong performance against Sale on Saturday will build confidence going into an exciting December for this group.”

Harlequins Starting XV

1.Silvia Turani
2. Connie Powell
3. Shaunagh Brown
4. Sarah Bonar
5. Kaitlan Leaney
6. Abbie Fleming
7. Emily Robinson
8. Jade Konkel ©

9. Flo Robinson
10. Bella McKenzie
11. Emily Scott
12. Rachael Burford (vc)
13. Lagi Tuima
14. Izzy Mayhew
15. Ellie Kildunne

Impact Players
16. Rosie Dobson
17. Hannah Sims
18. Babalwa Latsha
19. Danelle Lochner
20. Aseza Hele
21. Tess Braunerova
22. Ella Cromack
23. Beth Wilcock

With thanks to Harlequins