Fixtures - Top Bar

Adam Jones’ wisdom rubbing off on Will Collier

Competition at tighthead prop was tough enough before Adam Jones joined Harlequins but Will Collier can happily reflect on the Welsh legend’s arrival as a win-win move.

In the 2013-14 season, Collier started ten Aviva Premiership Rugby games for Harlequins and earned a call-up to the England Saxons but, the following year, injuries and the rise of Kyle Sinckler saw his opportunities diminish.

Throw Jones – a two-time British & Irish Lions tourist with 95 Wales caps to his name – in the mix and the 24-year-old could have been forgiven for cursing his bad luck.

However, Collier has knuckled down, learnt a thing or two from the new arrival and begun looking towards a brighter future at the Stoop.

“Off the field Adam has really taken us under his wing and I can’t speak highly enough of him,” he said.

“The competition is great between us two but we are both still really young in terms of tighthead props and we can support each other really well.

“I feel like we struggled a bit at times without someone like Adam here and we have both picked up injuries in the last couple of seasons.

“Having him around to take that load off has made a big difference and we are both feeling fresher for it.

“He is a legend of the game and I used to watch him play for the Lions when I was 14 or 15, so when you sign him and he turns up and he’s this really chilled Welshman, it is amazing.”

On the pitch Harlequins have stuttered of late, losing each of their last two games – most recently 29-23 at Sale Sharks, where Sinckler was handed the starting berth.

That saw them slip back to eighth in Aviva Premiership Rugby but with the table so tight, back-to-back home games against Bath Rugby and Worcester Warriors bring with them the opportunity to bounce back.

“On the surface, after losing two big games it all seems terrible but up until those last two games it has been great,” he added.

“I thought we actually played really good rugby at times against Sale but as it is in this league, the margins are so small.

“It’s not that kind of intimidating stadium, like Franklin’s Gardens, Welford Road or the Shed at Kingsholm. Their team just thrives in the environment and they have got a very good DOR who gets them up for it.

“We have got two big home games coming up and we pride ourselves on how we play in front of the Stoop crowd.”
 

Latest News

Whiteley hoping to lead Saracens starlets to glory in Singha 7s

Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley is hoping to use all his experience of competing at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to…

Topsy Ojo talks London Double Header memories

With six weeks to go until London Irish lock horns with Harlequins in the iconic London Double Header at Twickenham,…

Topsy Ojo

Toby Flood hopes to bring ruthless streak to Newcastle Falcons

Toby Flood is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons the ruthless streak required to push them further up the Aviva…

Toby Flood

Aviva Premiership Rugby set for changes after six law amendments added to global trial

Aviva Premiership Rugby will be part of the global trial for six new law amendments after the World Rugby Executive…

Alex Lewington hopes London Irish youngsters will gain confidence from Singha 7s

London Irish wing Alex Lewington cannot wait to see which youngsters step up to the plate in the Singha Premiership…

Alex Lewington

Worcester Warriors sign Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer

Warriors have signed Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 season. The scrum-half will join…

Peter Stringer

Tim Streather forced to retire from rugby

Former Saracens centre Tim Streather has been forced to retire from the game due to a knee injury. Commenting on…

Tim Streather

Contract and captaincy for Dylan Hartley at Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints has today announced that Dylan Hartley has both signed a new contract and been appointed as the club’s…

Dylan Hartley

Forwards Coach George Skivington says London Irish squad are chomping at the bit

The London Irish squad have returned for pre-season training ‘hungrier’ than ever before according to Forwards Coach George Skivington. Now…

George Skivington

Wasps Academy sign Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Wasps announce the signing of hooker Gabriel Oghre and prop George Thornton to the Senior Academy ahead of the new…

Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Singha 7s gives next generation the chance to shine

Harlequins academy coach Jim Evans believes that next week’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will give the league’s stars of the…

Harlequins in action at the Singha 7s

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s draw confirmed

The 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season will kick off – at the end of July - in spectacular style with the Singha…

Win an Executive Box for the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series

Premiership Rugby has teamed up with Northampton Saints to offer supporters the chance to win themselves an Executive Box at…

Singha 7s Ball

Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood admitted helping teach rugby to children with disabilities was extremely humbling as he and his…

Gordon Reid on his first training day with London Irish

New recruit Gordon Reid is determined to be a permanent fixture in London Irish’s front row having made the switch…

Gordon Reid

Singha 7s is a chance for players to shine, says Stephen Myler

Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler is anticipating a vibrant atmosphere and high-octane rugby when the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s arrives at…

Stephen Myler

Mark Wilson bringing his England form back to Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons’ latest England international checked back in at his club on Monday, with Mark Wilson enthusiastic about their prospects…

Mark Wilson

Worcester Warrior Chris Pennell pays tribute to community heroes

Chris Pennell paid tribute to Worcester Warriors’ grassroots spirit as he got his hands on his Aviva Community Player of…

Sale Sharks volunteer sees hard work rewarded at Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

Sale Sharks’ Paula Bradbury couldn’t hide her delight as she was crowned Community Volunteer of the Year at the Premiership…