Match time at Esher doing me good as things begin to click

Match time at Esher doing me good as things begin to click

The last time I wrote, I'd just secured a loan to Esher and it has been really nice to be back there. I think all the guys agree that the season could be going a little bit better for us but things are beginning to click in training and that will transfer to matches.

I didn't play in the Fylde game but that was one we should have won. In a couple of games recently we've got the results but they've been a lot closer than we would've liked.Having said that, wins are wins. The mood in the camp is a lot more positive now.

The Esher squad is ridiculously strong for the standard we play in.

You're only going to benefit from having the likes of Kris Chesney come from Toulon to work with the forwards and Tom Cheeseman with the backs.

And head coach Ollie Smith does a great job, so the squad is in amazing shape. There's also a really good mix of youth and experience there, so it's all good.

We have a big game coming up against Ealing soon and we'll be looking to get one over on them.

From a personal point of view, it's great to be playing regularly. As you know, I asked my parent club Harlequins if I could go to Esher and it's doing me no end of good.

As a 19-year-old, all I want to be doing is playing week in, week out and I'm getting that here. It's nice to be able to play with guys I've come up through the youth ranks with, still playing at a high standard but without so much pressure.

I can improve and I hope I can improve the team. I'm feeling a lot sharper in training and the coaches both here and at Quins have noticed that. It keeps me busy, too. At this standard if you don't see the ball for while it gets very frustrating, so I go looking for work and try to keep busy in games.

As for Quins, it's Heineken Cup time and we have to go out as Premiership champions and play like we know we can. There's a lot of optimism around the club and we'll bring things other clubs won't be used to.

Harlequins are always striving for the best and the aim now is to try and show we're the best in Europe, which is really exciting. Our pool maybe isn't as strong as others so it represents a really good chance for us to go out and play the rugby we know we can and achieve something big.

While I'm on the subject of non-domestic rugby, I was surprised to see Welford Road left off the list of World Cup grounds.

I hadn't actually heard until my old man rang and told me. I'm a Leicester lad but obviously it's not my home ground any more, so it doesn't make a huge difference to me but I was surprised, especially with the Walkers Stadium being named.

There's a lot of history to our rugby grounds and I think it would be nice for those supporters who buy their season tickets and watch every week to be part of something as special as the World Cup.


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