Harlequins will be up against some familiar faces when they take on London Skolars at the HAC in Friday’s Capital Challenge (1.45pm KO).
Harlequins squad members Lamont Bryan, Ben Jones, Luke May, Jamie O’Callaghan and Dave Williams hold dual registration for both clubs, and at least two of them are expected to line up for Skolars on Friday.
The prospect of the dual registered players keen to impress both coaches will bring an added dimension to what is already set to be an extremely competitive game.
Both teams have lost preseason games to the weather, making the Capital Challenge their one and only match before their respective seasons kick off.
Harlequins head coach, Brian McDermott, said: “Rather than seeing our fringe players only getting a brief run out, we can see how they have got on in preseason against players who potentially hold their future shirt. It will produce a very interesting contest.
“We hope to get a lot out of Friday’s match. With the cancelled games we have had this pre season, we need to get a good hit out against Skolars.”
Speaking about the rare chance to play rugby league in the heart of London, McDermott added: “I reckon it’s the most bizarre place in the world to play a game of Rugby League. It’s along the same lines as bursting into the Houses of Parliament and playing cricket using the Speaker’s chair as stumps. It’s a great day out and works really well.”
The fixture also marks the first game in charge for Skolars head coach, James Massara:
“I’m looking forward to what the Harlequins players will bring to the squad. They’re Super League players with great attitudes and will set a benchmark for the other players to aspire to.
“I’ve watched this fixture for years and have always really enjoyed it, so cannot wait to be involved on Friday.”