Director of Rugby/ Head Coach: John Kingston and Mark Mapletoft
Captain: Danny Care
Stadium: Twickenham Stoop (Capacity: 14,800)
Last Season: 7th
Harlequins will ultimately be disappointed with last season along with the likes of Bath and Gloucester the Londoners failed to live up to the pre-season hype.
Harlequins have a backbone of proven, international stars with Danny Care, Mike Brown and Nick Evans leading the backs. In the pack there is Chris Robshaw and Joe Marler leading from the front.
Under Conor O’Shea Harlequins won the league by playing expansive rugby, they like to go wide. John Kingston is likely to keep to that gameplan and they certainly have the personnel to stick to that.
Harlequins lineout is one thing that did go right last season, they have a plethora of hookers all of which have been selected in an England squad, couple that with a group of experienced locks makes their lineout among the most efficient in Europe.
THREE TO WATCH
Position: Back Row Nationality: English Age: 23 Height: 1.91m Weight: 111kg
The openside flanker is exceptional at the breakdown more like a southern hemisphere openside than his predecessor at Harlequins, Chris Robshaw.
He has a scary amount of pace which was on display as he burst to score against Wales back in May at Twickenham. His attacking pace and powerful legs make him a dangerous carrier from the second or third receiver position.
Position: Centre Nationality: Welsh Age: 29 Height: 1.93m Weight: 110kg
The explosive Wales centre bursts open defences with his considerable strength, his upper body strength makes him hard to bring down and this along with an explosive leg drive sees him able to break tackles.
Roberts crash ball carrying can suck in defenders opening space for the more speedy players out wide such as Marland Yarde and Tim Visser.
Position: Prop Nationality: English Age: 23 Height: 1.82m Weight: 122kg
The abrasive, explosive youngster is finally getting recognised by Eddie Jones as an option for England behind Leicester prop, Dan Cole.
Sinckler can be prone to penalties at the scrum and that has long been a weakness for the Harlequins star. This season is surely the one where the 23 year old can start to push on not just for his club but also England.
Alofa Alofa (Stade Rochelais, FRA)
Cameron Holenstein (Pau, FRA)
Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps, ENG)
Aaron Morris (Saracens, ENG)
Charlie Mulchrone (Worcester Warriors, ENG)
George Naoupu (Connacht, IRE)
Mark Reddish (Highlanders, NZL)
Ben Botica (Montpellier Herault, FRA)
Nick Easter (Retired, RET)
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (Released, REL)
Beau Robinson (Doncaster Knights, ENG)
Tito Tebladi (Benetton Treviso, ITA)
Kieran Treadwell (Ulster, IRE)
The addition of Jackson is a hugely beneficial signing, he offers a more pragmatic playmaking option to play at fly-half. Charlie Mulchrone improves the depth at scrum-half and with Naoupu at eight Harlequins have recruited well.
Nick Easter, a fantastic servant to Harlequins and England. Botica has been a good player for Harlequins and in attack is really important outlet, he may well be the biggest miss.
My Harlequins 23
15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 Danny Care (Captain)
1 Joe Marler 2 Dave Ward 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Charlie Matthews 5 James Horwill 6 Chris Robshaw 7 Jack Clifford 8 George Naoupu
16 Joe Gray 17 Owen Evans 18 Mark Lambert 19 Netani Talei 20 Luke Wallace 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Alofa Alofa
The play-offs should be a step too far for the Harlequins squad under Kingston, qualification for the Champions Cup is likely.