Fixtures - Top Bar

Mark Lambert says Conor O’Shea’s legacy will live on at Harlequins

The curtains may come down on the Conor O’Shea era at the end of the season, but Harlequins prop Mark Lambert insists the show will very much go on.

Over a six-year period, O’Shea has brought three trophies to Harlequins – including the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy in 2012 – and could well add to that tally by the time he leaves.

The Londoners were the first team to beat table-toppers Saracens this season, and will play London Irish in the European Rugby Challenge cup quarter-finals after finishing as top seed in the pool stages.

The next step in O’Shea’s swansong year is to down a Newcastle Falcons side that picked up their first win this season in Aviva Premiership Rugby last time out by beating Bath Rugby.

But however O’Shea signs off at Harlequins come the summer, Lambert believes his legacy will greatly benefit the next man in charge.

“We found out the day before everyone else, he’s been fantastic for the club and no one else can say anything but that,” he said. “He feels it is time for him to move on and we’ve got to respect that, and I’m sure whatever Conor does next he will be a success at.

“I imagine it’s going to be a very interesting time, it’s pretty rare for someone to leave a club in such a good position – I’m sure there will be a few guys who will throw their hat into the ring.

“We’ve got a huge amount of experience in the coaching staff, fantastic players and with some great facilities.”

Though Harlequins did not make the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals last year, much of that was down to a cruel run of injuries that nearly decimated their entire front row.

Lambert had to spell at tighthead at one stage after Kyle Sinckler and Will Collier both went down with injuries – both of whom are now competing with British & Irish Lion Adam Jones for a starting spot.

And while fellow loosehead Joe Marler may be unavailable due to the Six Nations over the next two months, Lambert admits the situation is a world apart from a year ago.

“We were definitely down to the bare bones last season – we had an almost comical degree of injuries,” he added. “There were a couple of times where we didn’t have two fully fit props and we played as tough as we could through it.

“It wasn’t an ideal situation, but guys have come back and we’ve got that little bit more depth. Adam Jones has just been great, Will (Collier) has been outstanding of late and Kyle (Sinckler) has done well too.

“This year, I played a fair bit at the start of the season when some of the boys were at the World Cup and I had and a bit of an injury around Christmas-time.

“It’s slightly different for those of us who have been around a while, as usually you’d have two LV= Cup games around this time, and you’ve got a lot of guys who won’t just be away for the seniors but also the Under-20s as well. But hopefully we can come out on top.”

 

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Saracens and Gloucester Rugby celebrate Cup finals

Saracens and Gloucester Rugby are both celebrating places in this season’s European Rugby finals after the Aviva Premiership Rugby sides…

Match Reaction: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Gloucester Rugby director of rugby David Humphreys hailed his side’s ‘unbelievable effort’ as they produced a stirring defensive display to…

Match Reaction: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mark McCall hailed Saracens’ amazing defence after they withstood a first-half assault against Munster and emerged victorious to book a…

Match Report: La Rochelle 14 Gloucester Rugby 16

Billy Burns scored all of Gloucester Rugby’s points and the Cherry & Whites produced an impressive defensive display to down…

Match Report: Munster 10 Saracens 26

Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles scored vital tries as Saracens booked their place in the European Champions Cup final with…

Saracens ready for titanic Munster challenge

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is expecting little sign of weakness from Munster when the two sides clash in…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals

The semi-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup will be played in front of sell-out crowds in Dublin and Lyon…

Sell-out crowds confirmed for Champions Cup semi-finals

England name squad for World Rugby U20 Championship

England have named their 28-man squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship taking place in Georgia (31 May – 18…

Saracens include Lions picks for Munster showdown

Saracens have named all six of their recently-selected British & Irish Lions for their European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final clash…

Dave Attwood returns for Bath Rugby’s European semi-final

Dave Attwood will make his comeback from injury as Bath Rugby face Stade Francais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup…

Willi Heinz and Greig Laidlaw return for Gloucester Rugby’s European semi-final

Gloucester Rugby welcome back scrum-halves Willi Heinz and Greig Laidlaw to the matchday squad as they make five changes to…

Archie White re-signs as Josh McNulty joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to announce today (Friday 21st April) that second year Academy Member Archie White has re-signed, while Gloucester…

Archie White

Saracens trio react to England call-ups – Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Three of Saracens brightest talents could make their international debut this summer, with Nathan Earle joining fellow teammates Alex Lozowski…

Saracens trio react to England call-ups - Nathan Earle, Nick Isiekwe & Alex Lozowski reaction

Jamie George: In-form Owen Farrell can fire Saracens to Aviva Premiership Rugby final once again

Jamie George has every confidence that Owen Farrell can inspire Saracens to go all the way to another Aviva Premiership…

Eddie Jones announces England squad for Argentina tour

Eddie Jones has announced a 31-man squad for England’s two-Test tour to Argentina in June. Dylan Hartley will captain a…

Dylan Hartley

Social media reacts to Premiership Rugby’s 19 Lions

The rise of social media meant it was a Lions squad announcement unlike any other yesterday as players, clubs and…

Delight for young Cranbrook stars as Land Rover Cup win secures Twickenham trip

Just a stone’s throw from England Rugby HQ, Cranbrook U12s sealed an unforgettable trip to Twickenham next month by triumphing…

Broad Plain youngsters set for Twickenham prize after Land Rover Cup triumph

George Keen and his Broad Plain U11s were left overjoyed thanks to Bristol Rugby as they earned a spot for…

Four Sharks To Tour Argentina With England

Four Sale Sharks players have been named in the England Squad for the two test tour of Argentina in June.…

Four Sharks To Tour Argentina With England