EASTER BELIEVES IN YOUNSTERS

Nick Easters says that the youngsters can make Harlequins a force again. Led by new director of rugby Conor O’Shea, 32 year-old Nick Easter believes the new generation will replace the cloud of controversy that has been lurking over the Stoop with a bright new dawn.

“Last year was tricky, with all the (‘Bloodgate’) issues in the summer and a man sent off in the first game; it wasn’t a great start,” says the England star.

“But now we’ve got a guy at the helm who has given us direction and rekindled our passion and belief in the style of rugby we want to play.”

And Easter is adamant that Quins’ youngsters will play a vital role, adding: “I think the average age of the squad is 24 so the young players are obviously going to be important.”

Easter earmarked centre George Lowe and prop Joe Marler as two youngsters who have particularly impressed him.

“George made an impact last season, but hopefully he’ll be more successful and score more tries this year. And Joe at loosehead – he’s a specimen and a half!”

With added enthusiasm brought in by their fledging stars, Easter believes that fans can expect to see a different Quins to the sides produced by former coach, Dean Richards.