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Mike Brown – “I am fully committed to Harlequins”

By Thomas Branston


England International full-back Mike Brown has stamped out any further speculation about his future at Harlequins.

The 31-year-old has played for the London-based club for 12 years and has made 269 appearances scoring 420 points.

The Quins star has been the subject of transfer rumours with fellow Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs reportedly interested.

Brown said: “I am fully committed to Harlequins and this is where I will be playing next season.

“I don’t know where the rumours started but this is my club — I am a Quins man and I am not going anywhere.”


England International Jack Clifford set to miss out on Argentina tour with Injury

By Thomas Branston

Harlequins back row will miss England’s summer tour to Argentina.

Harlequins confirm that Jack Clifford will undergo surgery on his shoulder to repair a reoccurring injury sustained earlier this season.

The 24-year-old, who has been capped ten times during Eddie Jones’ tenure will miss the summer tour to Argentina is set to be on the sidelines for 12 weeks.

Quins will provide an update on his progress as appropriate.

Harlequins Director of Rugby, John Kingston said: “While it is hugely disappointing for Jack to miss the conclusion of our season, the issue needed addressing immediately.

“I have no doubt Jack will do all that he can to get himself back to fitness and return all the better, and stronger for it.”

ROUND 20 | PREVIEW | Harlequins vs Exeter Chiefs

By Thomas Branston

Twickenham Stoop (Kick-off 7.45pm)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Assistant Referees: JP Doyle & Paul Dix.

TMO: Sean Davey.

Harlequins suffered a 40-19 defeat last time out to Saracens in front of a packed out Wembley crowd which ended a two-match winning run.

Quins have only lost once at home this season with their last defeat at the Stoop being a 27-18 defeat to Leicester Tigers.

Exeter Chiefs have won their last five Aviva Premiership games and are unbeaten in 12 matches but came close to defeat last time out at home to Bristol, two Thomas Waldrom tries spared their blushes at Sandy Park.

Rob Baxter’s side have picked up six try bonus point wins in as many games to level Leicester tigers record in 2012.

The Chiefs have a major advantage over Quins, winning their last five matches against the Londoners. Harlequins’ last league win over Exeter was a 30-29 victory at Sandy Park back in May 2014, however Quins did pick up a 29-15 win when the two sides last met in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in November.

Last time out Exeter avoided a second-half comeback against Harlequins winning the game 36-25 at Sandy Park. Chiefs led 29-13 at the break and were in full control but despite the visitors best efforts, Quins couldn’t overturn the deficit and Luke Cowan-Dickie stole the headlines by scoring a hat-trick to help his side pick up their first win of the season.

Defeat for Harlequins could jeopardise their hopes of finishing in the European places whilst a defeat for Exeter could hamper their chances of securing a home playoff semi-final.

Harlequins | 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchants, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care (C); 1 Joe Marler, 2 Rob Buchanan, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Charlie Matthews, 5 James Horwill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Luke Wallace, 8 Mat Luamanu

Replacements |16 Joe Gray, 17, Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 George Merrick, 20 Dave Ward, 21 Charlie Mulchrone, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Alofa Alofa

Exeter Chiefs |15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 James Short, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Jack Maunder; 1 Carl Rimmer, 2 Jack Yeandle, 3 Greg Holmes, 4 Dave Dennis, 5 Geoff Parling, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Don Armand, 8 Kai Horstmann

Replacements | 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Julian Salvi, 21 Stuart Townsend, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Sam Hill

Aviva Premiership Round Up

By Thomas Branston

Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

Saracens guaranteed themselves a playoff spot after hammering Harlequins in front of 71,324 at Wembley Stadium. Chris Ashton impressed as he scored his fifth try in three games as Saracens kept the pressure on Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at the top of the table.

Defeat for Quins means they remain five points adrift of the play-off spots in sixth, with fourth-placed Leicester and Bath equal on points.

Bath 27-21 Leicester Tigers

Anthony Watson stole the headlines as he scored two late tries as Bath came from behind to beat Leicester at Twickenham.

In front of almost 62,000 fans, in their ‘home game’, Bath trailed 21-13 with just 14 minutes left but Watson had the final say to help secure victory.

Bath remain fifth, but move level on points with fourth-placed Leicester, with three games left, although the Tigers appear to have the easier run-in.

Wasps 32-30 Northampton Saints

Matt Mullan scored a last-minute try to secure a thrilling victory over Northampton at the Ricoh Arena.

Tries by Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North put the visitors ahead, and Elliot Daly crossed to keep Wasps in touching distance at half-time. Christian Wade and Joe Simpson went over to give the hosts the lead before Ahsee Tuala and Teimana Harrisson crossed for Saints, but Mullan drove over and Gopperth clinched victory.

Wasps are already assured of a place in the play-offs and remain at the summit of the table. Saints are five points off fourth place but have a difficult run-in.

Exeter Chiefs 38-34 Bristol

Thomas Waldrom scored two second half-tries to ensure that Exeter will play a second consecutive year in the Premiership play-offs with a dramatic victory over relegation-threatened Bristol.

Exeter remain in second-place five points behind Wasps whilst Bristol remain eight points behind Worcester at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle Falcons 16 Gloucester Rugby 14

Newcastle Falcons edged past Gloucester on Friday night with a last-gasp Joel Hodgson penalty kick to secure a dramatic victory.

The sides were tied at 7-7 at half-time after England wing Jonny May cancelled out Juan Pablo Socino’s try. Tom Marshall scored for the visitors in-between two Hodgson penalties, but Hodgson then slotted a third penalty with seconds left to win the game for Newcastle.

Gloucester remain six points adrift of the European rugby places behind Northampton and Harlequins whilst Falcons moved to within a point of Gloucester with the win.

Sale Sharks 36 Worcester Warriors 26

Man of the Match Sam James scored two tries as Sale beat Worcester, who managed to pick up a crucial four-try bonus-point in the battle to avoid Premiership relegation.

James’ brace followed by Mike Haley’s effort just before the break put Sale 21-14 up, with Worcester’s tries coming from Francois Hougaard and Joseph Taufete’e. But second-half Bryon McGuigan and Ben Curry tries ensured victory for Sale.

Worcester move to eight points clear of Bristol in the relegation zone whilst Sale Sharks remain 12 points adrift from the European places.