The Premiership's entertainers! You won't get bored watching Harlequins. The London side love to party. They'll put the ball through the hands, chip opposition defences and look to keep the ball alive as much as possible. It is high octane and high oxygen stuff.
Harlequins are one of the oldest clubs in the Premiership and have top rugby pedigree. Giants of the sport have graced the shadows of Twickenham including: Jason 'Fun Bus' Leonard, Will Carling, Will Greenwood, and Brian Moore. More recently the club has seen Premiership stalwarts and England regulars such as: Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler, Danny Care and Mike Brown. These four were part of the core group to lift their first title in 2012. The curtain is coming down on that era, but the new youngsters are just as exciting.
Harlequins are probably the only club in the world to sack their coach mid-season and go on to win the title. That's exactly what these mavericks did in 2021. Magic Marcus Smith, the new face of English rugby, goose-stepped Harlequins to the Premiership Final after a miraculous comeback against Bristol Bears in the semi finals. It will go down in Harlequins folklore as 'Bristanbul' after Liverpool's 3-0 comeback in the Champions League Final in 2005. Bristol led 28-0 at the 38 minute mark but Quins eventually won the match 36-43 after extra time. This new era of swashbuckling youngsters is being spearheaded by Smith, Alex Dombrandt, Cadan Murley, Will Evans, Louis Lynagh and the enormous South African centre, Andre Esterhuizen.
The Quins have failed to replicate this feat over the past two seasons under their new coach Tabai Matson. During the off-season, Matson has been moved upstairs to a new role of Director of Performance Development. The reins have been handed back to Billy Millard who was the the main figure from the coaching consortium of 2021. The hope is Millard will be able to get the Harlequins freestylers all playing the same tune again!