Exeter Chiefs' Tom Hayes will tackle London Irish on Sunday. ©INPHO/James Crombie
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Mark McCall’s Saracens, meanwhile, visit Sixways to take on Worcester Warriors.

CONOR O’SHEA TAKES his league-leading Harlequins side to the Recreation Ground this evening for an away encounter with seventh-place Bath.

O’Shea’s side have bounced back well with two victories following early season slumps against Saracens and Exeter Chiefs.

Sarries are also in action tonight as they visit Sixways to take on a Worcester Warriors team with John Andress at tighthead prop and Neil Best stepping in at blindside flanker.

Warriors are down in ninth but won their last home game against Sale Sharks three weeks ago.

Shane Monahan has been named on the left wing for Gloucester’s home game against Sale Sharks.

The return of Welsh scrum-half Dwayne Peel has coincided with former Leinster player Cillian Willis dropping out of the starting XV but Tony Buckley, once again, starts in the front row.

Northampton Saints [5th] take on London Welsh [10th] on Saturday. Neither team features an Irish player or first team coach.

ESPN cameras will be at Adams Park on Sunday as Wasps play host to Leicester Tigers.

Matthew Tait will start at fullback, leaving club captain Geordan Murphy on the bench, but there is better news for Niall Morris who will play on the right wing.

Four Irish players will be in action during the weekend as London Irish welcome Exeter Chiefs to the Madejski Stadium.

Ian Humphreys starts at out-half for the Exiles while Brian Blaney is in as hooker. Tom Hayes will captain the Chiefs from the second row while Gareth Steenson will handle the kicking duties from the out-half position.

Also on Sunday, Jeremy Davidson’s Aurillac will take on Carcassonne in France’s Pro D2.

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