Fixtures - Top Bar

Karl Dickson expecting Harlequins backlash


Harlequins’ Karl Dickson admits it was tough watching his side’s slide down the Aviva Premiership Rugby standings from the sidelines in recent weeks.

But after an all-star showing on his return against Bath Rugby, the scrum-half is relishing the opportunity to get back amongst it.

Conor O’Shea’s side notched up their second win in seven games on Friday with a 35-28 triumph at the Stoop, but they were made to work for it in the second half against Mike Ford’s determined troops – who fought back brilliantly to earn themselves a losing bonus-point.

It was Dickson’s first appearance since early December, having had to undergo surgery on a hand injury.

And despite watching Quins stutter in recent weeks, he is adamant they can reverse their slide and mount a late push for a top-four finish in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

“It’s been a long six weeks out, so it felt great to get back out there and be with the boys again,” he said.

“It was made even better by getting the win, so for me personally I loved helping the boys out and I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season now.

“I was disappointed for the boys watching them from the sidelines in recent weeks, as we gave ourselves a great platform in the Aviva Premiership Rugby before the Six Nations.

“But everyone still has the belief. We should be up there no matter what, and hopefully the Bath game can be a big turning point for us.

“It can be a catalyst for the end of the season perhaps going forward; there’s only a few points between third and sixth, so every game matters.

“We have a massive game again this weekend, and if we win it catapults us probably back up into the top four.

“Then we’ve got five games left with all the Six Nations boys coming back to look forward to, and it’s going to go down to the wire.”

Many of the Aviva Premiership Rugby’s brightest stars don’t like to look beyond their next game, but 33-year-old Dickson is already making plans for life after professional rugby.

The forward-thinking scrum-half is hoping to emulate the likes of former Saracens fly-half Glen Jackson in becoming a full-time official, but concedes it is a strange feeling being the man behind the whistle.

He said: “I am training to be a referee. Will Skinner was doing it here too and he mentioned it me so I thought I’d give it a go in case I fancied it when I am finished up with playing.

“I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, and it’s going really well. I’m refereeing National 3 level, so I’m just looking to push on now and I do what I can in my spare time when I get weekends off.

“I’m enjoying it and potentially it’s certainly something for the future. It’s not something I’d been thinking about doing for ages, but surprisingly I’ve really enjoyed it.

“Being a No.9 we are usually the ones who are always chirpsing at the referee, so it’s probably a bit ironic, but it’s cool being on the opposite side of things.”

Latest News

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 46 Northampton Saints 31

Sonatane Takulua scored a hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons staged a roaring second-half comeback to defeat Northampton Saints in a pulsating Aviva…

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Match Report: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Denny Solomona delivered one of the best individual displays ever seen at the AJ Bell Stadium as his hat-trick helped…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Reffell delight at Saracens progress

Sean Reffell is confident Saracens Academy U18s have improved beyond recognition despite being beaten 36-26 by Worcester Warriors at the…


Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Rigby and Warriors gave everything

Young prop Nick Rigby admitted he could not have asked for anything more after finishing the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

Aaron Mauger has backed his Leicester Tigers side to make the top four and qualify for the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Telusa Veainu scored a brilliant first-half try on his return to Leicester Tigers colours

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder admits his side were not at their best but was still delighted to…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised the lightning speed of hat-trick hero James Short as his side ran in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Audio: Post match reaction from Bath v Harlequins

Bath were back at the Rec to welcome Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. Simon Ward was in the crowd..... Afterwards…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Max Clark’s second-half try and the boot of Rhys Priestland secured Bath Rugby a hard-fought victory over Harlequins that keeps…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

JP Pietersen’s first-half try double inspired Leicester Tigers to an eight-try 50-17  Aviva Premiership Rugby win over Bristol Rugby in…

JP Pietersen and Telusa Veainu were pivotal to Leicester Tigers' electric attack