Nick Easter’s display in the Heineken Cup this weekend against Gloucester showed he has far from given up on his England career. The Harlequins’ start to the season has been impressive sitting top of the pile in the league and joint top of their Heineken Cup group with French Champions and one of the tournament favourites, Toulouse. Easter has returned from the world cup to find a side in form and looks to be flourishing in the situation he and Harlequins find themselves.
Victory over Gloucester, which stretched the Quins’ unbeaten start to 12 games, gave Easter a chance for personal glory too, scoring a second half try to help blitz Gloucester.
Easter has been capped 47 times for England but did not win his first cap until the age of 29 and he has no intentions of giving up on his international career at 33. “I still feel I am getting better every season” he stated, “As long as the carrot of England is there, then I want to play”. He clearly loves playing for his country and it provides a major motivation for him to continue pushing and striving to perform at the highest level possible.
Easter and the Quins’ will soon have a chance to test themselves against the best Europe has to offer when they play back to back games against French giants Toulouse next month. The games will provide both Easter and his club with a chance to prove to the watching world they have what it takes to compete at the highest level.
England’s disappointing world cup and the impending appointment of a new head coach make no positions safe and every player will have to prove they are worthy of pulling on the white jersey again. If Easter’s performance against Gloucester is anything to go by he will fight tooth and nail to ensure he is in the thoughts of whoever the next coach may be, and he will do all he can to reach 50 caps and many more in the future. Expect a big season from Easter, as the Quins try to push on towards a title challenge and Easter towards an international future.