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European Rugby Champions Cup: La Rochelle v Harlequins


Smith (left) has been included as an apprentice player in the England squad to face Italy in the Six Nations opener
European Rugby Champions Cup
Venue: Stade Marcel DeflandreDate: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT
Coverage: Live score updates on the BBC Sport website

Harlequins have made four changes for their final Champions Cup pool game against La Rochelle on Sunday, having already been eliminated.

England apprentice Marcus Smith starts at fly-half with James Lang moving into the centre in place of Jamie Roberts.

Ian Prior and Ross Chisholm come into the backs following injures to Mike Brown and Charlie Walker while Mat Luamanu is recalled into the back row.

John Kingston’s side have only won one game in this year’s competition.

Harlequins secured their first victory in this season’s Champions Cup with a 33-28 comeback victory over Wasps last weekend.

La Rochelle, who sit second in Pool One, will win the group and qualify automatically for the quarter-finals if they win and Ulster fail to beat Wasps.

The French side have made just two changes to the side beaten by Ulster in the previous round.

Rene Ranger comes in on the wing for Gabriel Lacroix with Paul Jordaan replacing Geoffrey Doumayrou in the centre.

Champions Cup Pool One
Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points diff Bonus Pts Points
Ulster 5 4 1 1 125 92 33 1 17
La Rochelle 5 3 0 2 140 114 26 4 16
Wasps 5 2 1 3 128 114 14 4 12
Harlequins 5 1 0 4 99 172 -73 3 7

La Rochelle: Murimurivalu; Ranger, Jordaan, Aguillon, Rattez; Sinzelle, Bales; Priso, Bourgarit, Atonio, Eaton, Tanguy, Botia, Gourdon, Vito.

Replacements: Orioli, Kaulashvili, Boughanmi, Demotte, Sazy, Kerr-Barlow, Noble, Roudil.

Harlequins: Prior; R Chisholm, Alofa, Lang, Visser; Smith, Care; Boyce, Ward, Sinckler, Merrick, Glynn, J Chisholm, White, Luamanu.

Replacements: Elia, Lambert, Swainston, Matthews, Lamb, Lewis, Marchant, Morris.

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