Fixtures - Top Bar

Marland Yarde: John Kingston employing a smart approach at Harlequins

New boss John Kingston is already having a big impact at Harlequins – that’s according to winger Marland Yarde.

Former head coach Kingston replaced Conor O’Shea as director of rugby at the Twickenham Stoop over the summer and has enjoyed a mixed start to his tenure, with an opening-day victory over Bristol being followed by losses to Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs only to then inflict a defeat on reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens.

Quins have become renowned for their expansive, flowing style of rugby over the past few years and while Yarde says the club haven’t abandoned that, he claims Kingston has ensured they are more pragmatic.

“John was never going to completely change the way that we play away from that Quins style; the players enjoy playing with a bit of freedom,” explained Yarde, speaking at the launch of this year’s Aviva Community Fund alongside team-mates Danny Care and Jack Clifford.

“But I do think this year we have come in with a smarter approach. In previous years maybe we’ve gone too far with playing with style.

“This year we’ve tried to change our tactics up a little bit and become a team that is going to be more unpredictable in the way that we play, so if we need to kick or run or pass then the options are all there.

“So we needed to mix up our game a little bit more, be a lot more structured in our own half, and together those things will allow us to pressure other teams more and be successful.”

The Aviva Community Fund is a nationwide initiative that lends a helping hand to local communities by offering support and funding for inspirational local causes.

The ACF has already benefited over 320,000 people, through 431 winning projects across the UK, and this year, local grassroots sports clubs can apply or reapply for funding in a new, sport-specific category.

And Yarde has been impressed by what the scheme is trying to achieve.

“It’s great to be part of a nationwide initiative like this that is lending a helping hand to the local communities,” he added.

“You want to get kids playing more rugby and schemes like this offer support and funding for them which is great. It’s very important.

“I was a pretty late starter in rugby, but chatting to most of the Harlequins guys they were members of rugby clubs from very young ages, and that is where you develop the joy and love for the sport.

“If you can reach out to as many of these kids as possible they are going to discover the same thing very early on, and that is going to stand them in great stead for the future.”

Harlequins finished seventh in Aviva Premiership Rugby last term to miss out on the European Rugby Champions Cup and Yarde acknowledges that there is an expectation around the club to do better this year.

“There’s always going to be pressure on us regardless of the coaching situation,” he said. “Quins is a big club, people expect success from us, and the players want to be part of a winning team.

“So we have to make sure we enter this season with that same attitude and play with confidence.

“We are desperate to make sure our home form is good enough that we can push into the top four and give ourselves a chance of lifting that Aviva Premiership trophy again.”

Premiership Rugby and the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby Clubs are supporting the Aviva Community Fund, a nationwide initiative which offers funding of up to £25,000 to grassroots sports clubs and other community organisations close to your heart. Enter at aviva.co.uk/community-fund from September 13.

Latest News

George North gets first 2017 tour try in dramatic British & Irish Lions draw

The British & Irish Lions concluded their midweek fixture list in New Zealand with a thrilling 31-31 draw against the…

Newcastle Falcons can’t wait for trip to Philadelphia

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes that the second Aviva Premiership Rugby regular season match in America can…

Dean Richards

Mark Reddish retires from rugby

Harlequins second row Mark Reddish has today (Tuesday 27th June) announced that he will retire from the game due to…

Mark Reddish

Aviva Premiership Rugby stars to feature heavily in Lions final midweek game

EIGHT Aviva Premiership players will start the British & Irish Lions’ final midweek game tomorrow looking to force their way…

Teofilo Paulo excited by London Irish move but will miss home cooking

Samoan international Teofilo Paulo is making the most of his mum’s cooking ahead of the summer move to London Irish.…

British & Irish Lions beaten in first Test by New Zealand

Two second-half tries from winger Rieko Ioane helped New Zealand to a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the…

Harlequins Ladies coach savours upcoming Women’s Super Rugby season

Women’s sport is booming according to former Richmond prop and Scotland captain Karen Findlay, who is now relishing the prospect…

Aviva Tackling Numbers programme celebrated at Corporate Engagement Awards

Premiership Rugby and its Aviva Tackling Numbers programme enjoyed not one but two moments in the spotlight at the Corporate…

Corporate Engagement Awards

Lions ready for battle on eve of All Blacks Test

After months of waiting and weeks of build-up, The British & Irish Lions are ready to face the toughest challenge…

Ex-England star Susie Appleby excited to lead Gloucester-Hartpury in inaugural Women’s Super Rugby campaign

Former England international Susie Appleby believes it’s an exciting time for women’s rugby as she issues a rallying cry to…

Wasps confirm 2017/18 pre-season schedule

Wasps have today confirmed their 2017/18 pre-season schedule, which will see them face Connacht Rugby and Ulster Rugby, as well…

Wasps celebrate

Quartet sign Academy contracts with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that Rhys Davies, Wil Partington, Miles Reid, and Kieran Verden have all signed long-term…

Todd Blackadder

Clare Daniels hoping to inspire the next generation of female rugby referees

The first female official in Aviva Premiership Rugby history, Clare Daniels, has urged girls and women to take up officiating…

Luke McLean enthused by London Irish move

Luke McLean is looking to reignite his international career under Italy Head Coach Conor O’Shea following his summer move to…

All Black Francis Saili joins Harlequins

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 21st June) that All Black Francis Saili has joined the Club. Commenting on…

Francis Saili

Bath Rugby sign Phillips from Bristol Rugby

Bath Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of James Phillips, who has joined the Club from Bristol Rugby until…

JamesPhillips1

Nowell gets two tries as Lions see off Chiefs in Hamilton

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell returned to his sparkling best with two tries for the British & Irish Lions in their…

Nalaga a big coup for Irish says international teammate Tikoirotuma

Explosive wing Napolioni Nalaga can be an big hit in every sense of the word during next season's Aviva Premiership…

Masi and Everard return to Wasps alongside new Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury

Wasps are pleased to announce a new Academy structure ahead of the 2017/18 season. The new set-up sees former Yorkshire…

The new Wasps academy coaches