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O'Shea: We're going full-bore

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea insists the Amlin Challenge Cup remains a priority after naming a "full-bore" team for Friday night's quarter-final against Stade Francais.

The England quartet of Mike Brown, Danny Care, Chris Robshaw and Joe Marler - who makes his 100th appearance for the club - start the showdown at the Stade Jean-Bouin.

Quins' chances of qualifying for the Aviva Premiership play-offs are remote, leaving the Challenge Cup as their best chance of winning any silverware this season.

"This is a competition that means a lot to us. We won it three seasons ago. Leinster won it last year. It's a really hard competition," O'Shea said.

"We fought hard in the Heineken Cup, beating Racing Metro home and away, playing Clermont and winning at the Scarlets to get into the Amlin. We're not going to do all that hard work and chuck it away.

"It's a huge task plying Stade, enormous. Stade lost at home last weekend for the first time this season so they'll be smarting from that.

"We're going full-bore for every game now. This is the run in now, so it's all hands to the pump."

Quins have made only two changes to the starting XV that defeated London Irish on Saturday with Tim Molenaar starting at outside centre and Charlie Matthews at lock.

The clash is a repeat of the 2011 final which Quins won 19-18 and the London club are bolstered by the knowledge they have won at Racing, Biarritz and Toulouse in the last three seasons.


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