New director of rugby John Kingston is targeting a repeat of Harlequins’ 2012 title success when the new Aviva Premiership Rugby season gets underway at Twickenham.
Harlequins won their first ever Aviva Premiership Rugby title with a 30-23 win over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham four years ago and return to Rugby HQ for the London Double Header on Saturday.
They’ll kick off their year, in which they will celebrate their 150th anniversary, against newly-promoted Bristol Rugby and Kingston is setting ambitious targets in his new role.
“We want to be champions again, if you don’t aspire to those things you don’t achieve them,” he said.
“We understand every year is important but this 150th year, we’re the sixth oldest club in England, is a big thing for us so we want to make it extra special for everyone at Harlequins.
“It’s just the best place to start, Twickenham is a wonderful place and we have great experiences there.
“That’s where we want to be we want to be making our mark, we’ll take it day by day as boring as it is. We’re ready to go, it’s a massively exciting year for the club and we can’t wait to get started.”
After a seven-year absence, Bristol Rugby will make their much-anticipated return to Aviva Premiership Rugby at the London Double Header.
And while Kingston is expecting a strong test from the West Country side, he is confident he has the necessary quality in the Harlequins squad to earn a winning start to the new season.
“It wouldn’t matter who you play, the opposition are going to be difficult,” he added.
“Bristol are clearly going to be really energised about being back in the Premiership but goodness me we are super-energised.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get things going in what’s a big year for us we understand all that.
“We’ve got some wonderful players in our squad, we’ve got the necessary depth of squad and we’re all set to go.
“Obviously I’m delighted to be in a position of director of rugby and I can’t wait to get going. I’m enjoying it, and I think the players are as well. We’ve been working really hard as a group.
“We’ve sorted a few things that we thought were important to get in place but we can’t wait to get going. I hope there is going to be a big crowd there, it will be amazing.”
Start the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season in style with two games from £25 at Twickenham. Harlequins v Bristol Rugby and Saracens v Worcester Warriors in the London Double Header, 3 September. Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk