LITESPORT NICK EVANS has called on Harlequins second-stringers to dig the club out of another hole after seeing injuries and international call-ups stretch the squad to breaking point. The former New Zealand fly-half is set to miss Quins Guinness Premiership match with London Irish on Saturday with a calf injury sustained during his sides league victory over Worcester last weekend. With centre Jordan Turner- Hall and key back-rowers Nick Easter and Will Skinner also in the treatment room, and the likes of Ugo Monye and Danny Care on duty with England, Quins will be relying on a makeshift XV to do the business at The Stoop. The lingering effects of the Bloodgate scandal clearly affected the team in the early part of the season, but John Kingstons men have made giant strides over the past month and are unbeaten in their last three Premiership outings. The Exiles are many peoples title favourites this season but Evans reckons Quins reserves will show their worth on Saturday. Its going to be a big challenge for us, he said. This situation gives a chance for some young guys to come through and stake their claim. Therell be a lot of guys out there at the weekend who a lot of people wont even have heard of, so theyve got nothing to lose. London Lite Thursday, 29 October 2009 39 Brawn: How we won with nothing to spare ROSS BRAWN has revealed how just one driving error could have wrecked Jenson Buttons world championship challenge before it had hardly begun. Button heads to this weekends inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix looking for a glorious finale to his title-winning season. But team owner Brawn believes it might have been a different story had Button and team-mate Rubens Barrichello not exploited their experience and skill to keep out of the crash barriers at the start of the championship campaign. It was always known that the Brawn GP team, Pride of the Lions: Simon Shaws Lions debut in July is regarded as the the best ever Simon shores up Englands hopes before Autumn Tests On the Button: champ Jenson established from what remained of Honda after the Japanese motor manufacturer suddenly quit F1 in December, had to work overtime to get Button and Barrichello onto the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix in March. But Brawn, accustomed to working with well-equipped teams at Benetton and Ferrari, has now admitted that his own fledgling outfit was so short of parts that one accident in pre-season testing, or during practice and qualifying for the opening races, would have meant a non-start. He said: The first task was just to get to the first race, and we got there with, I would say, the fewest number of parts Ive ever had at the beginning of a Grand Prix season. It is a credit to the drivers that they didnt damage anything. Abu Dhabi GP, Sunday, BBC1, from 12.10pm BY DAVID DIBBLE GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP P W D L F A PTS SARACENS 6 6 0 0 121 85 24 LONDON IRISH 6 5 0 1 167 71 23 WASPS 6 5 0 1 137 82 21 NHAMPTON 6 4 0 2 129 96 19 LEICESTER 6 3 1 2 93 82 16 NEWCASTLE 6 1 3 2 90 95 12 WORCESTER 6 2 0 4 107 113 11 HARLEQUINS 6 2 1 3 89 113 11 GLOUCESTER 6 2 0 4 96 136 9 SALE 6 1 1 4 85 109 9 BATH 6 1 1 4 92 113 8 LEEDS CARN 6 0 1 5 58 169 3 TomorrowSalevGloucester(7.45pm) SaturdayBathvSARACENS(2.15pm), HARLEQUINSvLONDONIRISH(3pm),Leicesterv Northampton(5.35pm,SkySports1) SundayNewcastlevWorcester(3pm),WASPSv LeedsCarnegie(1.15pm,SkySports1) WEEKEND FIXTURES Thank Evans, Quins have plenty in reserve BY GEOFF TEATHER Nick out: former New Zealand fly-half Evans misses Exiles clash MARTIN JOHNSON found a 6ft 8in chunkof goodnewssandwichedbetween the injury reports at Pennyhill Park yesterday--SimonShawwillbeavailable for the Argentina Test at Twickenham on 14 November. England boss Johnson, hit by 15 casual- ties in his original Elite Squad before the opening Autumn international against Australia on 7 November, is unlikely to ignore the claims of Shaw, even at 36. And he will simply have to shrug off Shaws newly-published book Hard Yards, which claims -- with some justi- fication -- he has always been a better second rower than World Cup-winning captain Johnson, who was generally preferred by Sir Clive Woodward. To prove his point, the Wasps lock pro- duced what has been described as the greatest debut ever on a Lions tour against South Africa last July before picking up the metatarsal injury which has ruled him out this season. WaspsbossTonyHankshasear-marked Shaw for his long-awaited return against Leeds in the Premiership on Sunday. If he survives a probable appearance as a replacement at Adams Park -- and a full 80 minutes against London Irish theweekendafter,hewillbereadytoface the highly-regarded Pumas at headquar- ters next month. Hanks said: Seeing him back in an Englandjerseywouldbegreat.Withmost players youd say two games wouldnt be enough, but Simon Shaw is not a normal player. Hesbeenworkinghardandlooksready to go. England will be looking at him. He hasntplayedsincetheLionsandtheysay youre only as good as your last game, so hes in a nice spot at the moment. If he comes through the next two weeks feeling like hes ready, then you put him in because hell be ready. Hanks played down weekend reports that fly-half Danny Cipriani and wing TomVarndellwereonareportedJohnson blacklist because of perceived character flaws. Hanks said: The feedback Ive had fromEnglandisthattheywereimpressed with Tom. They thought he started the season well. Everything Dannys done has been positive, too. In the conversations Ive had with England, there was no talk of a blacklist. AUTUMN FIXTURES 7 NOVEMBER ENGLAND V AUSTRALIA 14 NOVEMBER ENGLAND V ARGENTINA 21 NOVEMBER ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND All games are at Twickenham and kick-off at 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2 The survivors: England boss Martin Johnson with his Elite squad in Bagshot yesterday BY NEAL COLLINS index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html