Getting Started With Harlequins

Getting Started With Harlequins

I'm looking forward to getting started with Harlequins this season, having spent last year playing for Esher.

I couldn't have asked for a better year, it was a pretty huge thing to be able to finish school and play a year of senior rugby in the Championship.

We had our backs against the wall for a lot of the season but the experience was great for me and I really enjoyed it.

Former Leicester and Quins centre Ollie Smith has now been appointed as head coach there.

As a Leicester lad, I knew of Ollie growing up. He was a fantastic player and really helped me when I came to Quins, as he is someone who knew what it was like training at a Premiership club as a young guy.

I think he'll do a good job as head coach and is the right kind of person to lead the club. I wish them all the best.

From my point of view, I can’t wait to get started with Quins again this year. There is a lot of A League rugby before Christmas, which will be good for me.

There's a real buzz around the club after such a successful 2011/12 season and as Premiership champions everyone will be gunning for us this year.

There's a lot of competition for places and that can only be a good thing. The lads have been working hard in pre-season. We've just got back from France, where we played Castres in an altitude of about 1,000 metres, which was pretty hard work.

The weather has been quite changeable throughout pre-season here, so it was good - if hard work - to be playing in some heat.

I think now we're all looking forward to getting out on the pitch and getting underway with the season. I'll be working as hard as the rest of the lads and trying to challenge for a place.

With plenty of A League and LV= Cup games before the end of the year, I'm hoping it will be a good start for me.

We've got a double-header at the Stoop this weekend as pre-season continues. We'll be playing London Scottish and Connacht, and both games will provide us with a good test and valuable game time.

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