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Key man Mar­cus Smith Best sign­ing Matt Sy­mons Ris­ing star James Chisholm

Best-case sce­nario Paul Gus­tard’s ar­rival as head of rugby sparks an in­stant turn­around in for­tunes, tak­ing Har­lequins from 10th place last sea­son back into the top six and the Cham­pi­ons Cup.

Worst-case sce­nario Gus­tard’s new vi­sion does not click with his play­ers un­til well af­ter Christ­mas, leav­ing the club dan­ger­ously near the bot­tom and prompt­ing Mar­cus Smith to seek a move. BC

Ins Nathan Earle (Sara­cens), Max Crump­ton (Bris­tol Bears), Ben Ta­puai (Bath), Nick Auterac (Bath), Matt Sy­mons (Wasps), Alex Dom­brandt (Cardiff Met Univer­sity), Paul Lasike (Utah War­riors)

Outs Jamie Roberts (Bath), Sam As­p­land-Robin­son (Le­ices­ter Tigers), Char­lie Matthews (Wasps), Harry Sloan (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Win­ston Stan­ley (re­tired), Adam Jones (re­tired), Cameron Holen­stein (Jer­sey Reds), Sam Twomey (Lon­don Ir­ish), Jono Kitto (North­land), Joe Gray (Northamp­ton (loan)

Cen­tre of at­ten­tion: Mar­cus Smith

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