Harlequins Rugby Club has got something to celebrate.
The club has won the 2016 Cowper Shield for being the top club to receive the most championship points in both the junior and the senior grades. Harlequins have scored a thumping win over the other teams as far as club championship points are concerned.
The club was able to amass a total of 693.5 points and win the championship by beating the second best team, the Melbourne Unicorns, by a clear 77 points. The best part about the Harlequins victory is that they have toppled Melbourne Unicorns, who have been winning this award for the past 6 years consecutively. The third placed team was the Power House Rugby Club and they surely need a pat on their back.
The margin of victory is huge and this should please everyone involved with the Harlequins Rugby Club. The main reason why the Cowper Shield award was constituted is to encourage the rugby clubs to include as many teams as possible. The award was formulated to encourage the growth of the sport in Victoria State. A total of 280 junior players had registered at Harlequins in 2016. Apart from this they had a registration of 186 senior male players and 20 senior women players. These numbers meant that Harlequins were able to field 14 new junior teams, six senior teams and one combined women’s team with Box Hill. This is a remarkable achievement by the club and everyone involved in the club must get a nice pat on their back for a job well done.
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Mark Reddish is being picked up for the new season by the Harlequins team. Mark who comes from Highlanders helped the latter be victorious in the Super Rugby finals that were held last year.
Harlequins have signed him on as a second row forward player. The change would happen before the new season begins. Reddish had made his debut in the Hurricanes team as part of the Super Rugby tournament. In that game he had played against the Highlanders in the year 2011. His playing skills definitely made an impression on the rival team who took him over in Dunedin in the year 2015. In the year that he spent with the Highlanders he has played about 14 matches. He also started in the finals for Super Rugby for the team which helped the Highlanders to clinch
the title for the first time.
Reddish has several accomplishment feathers under his cap. He had been part of the New Zealand Barbarians as well who defeated the Maori All Blacks. Whether it is coincidence or not, Reddish and his contributions to the teams he has been a part of has definitely played a role in the decision that the Harlequins had taken subsequently to get him over on their side for the upcoming season.
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With players being signed on for the upcoming season, Harlequins team is looking at signing up Ruaridh Jackson.
He currently plays the fly half role for Wasps team. He has made about eighteen appearances for Wasps so far and has been able to score 72 points. However, the points that he missed out in the last season were mainly due to a knee injury he sustained. For Harlequins, targeting players from the rival team Wasps are strategic decisions. As both teams are rivals, the right decorum or codes need to be maintained at the time of taking up a player from the opposing team.
Ruaridh Jackson is 28 years of age, being Scottish in origin. He has played for the Wasps for the last two seasons. Before that he had played for Glasgow Warriors for about six years. The Quins director had to provide reasons for getting this player over to their team. As per John Kingston, the director of rugby for Quins, the style of playing of Ruaridh Jackson is perfect for Harlequins. Hence, he will fit in well with minimal playing style adjustments required. Read more »
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Harlequins FC has pulled off one of the biggest transfer coups of recent seasons by signing talented young Scotsman Robbie Nairn to their academy, beating off stiff competition from several other Aviva Premiership rivals.
Considered to be one of the biggest talents to emerge from Scotland in the last decade, Nairn has shocked the entire rugby community of Scotland by turning his back on his home country to move south and ply his trade in the Aviva Premiership. The 18 year old winger will link up with his new teammates in London as soon as his session at the Watson’s College ends.
Nairn also excelled in other sports and is a former Scottish schools shot putt champion and was recently turning out for Currie on a few occasions and he even won the BT Premiership try of the month award back in January.
The youngster is extremely excited about his move to Harlequins FC and spoke of his delight at being scouted by one of the biggest clubs in European rugby. A former Scotland Under 16 and Under 18 international, Nairn said that the task ahead of him is daunting and it is a challenge, especially living up to standards that the senior team has already placed before them but he wishes to develop his game all round in order to be seen as a worthy player capable of stepping up in their place when the time comes.
The academy manager at Harlequins FC Tony Diprose also hailed the signing of the youngster, saying that the player has immense potential and a desire to succeed and he is hopeful that the club will be able to develop him into a truly great layer of his time, which will benefit both the player and the club.